Reed Award Contest Requirements

SELC's annual Reed Environmental Writing Award seeks to enhance public awareness of the value and vulnerability of the South's natural heritage by giving special recognition to writers who most effectively tell the stories about the region's environment.

There are two categories for entries: Book, for works of nonfiction (not self-published), and Journalism, for newspaper, magazine, and online writing that is published by a recognized institution such as a newspaper, university, or nonprofit organization. The primary judging criterion is the quality of writing. Cash prizes are awarded to the winner in each category. Winners will be invited to read from their winning entry at a special SELC event during the Virginia Festival of the Book, held every March in Charlottesville, Va.

For Reed Award 2021

Entries are due October 1, 2020, and must have been published in the preceding 12 months.

For the journalism category, minimum length is 3,000 words per entry. Awards are given to an individual writer or are shared among co-writers.

We welcome nominations from anyone, including authors and publishers.

Entries must relate to the natural resources or special places in at least one of SELC’s states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Virginia.

Journalism entries may be a single article, a series on one topic, or a collection on unrelated topics, as long as each article pertains to the environment in one of the six states listed above. The entry as a whole must meet the minimum word length. Entries must be accompanied by a digital version (URL, email, or CD) to verify word length.

Please submit your nomination for the Reed Environmental Writing Award here.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Hamilton, [email protected]
Southern Environmental Law Center
201 West Main Street, Suite 14 Charlottesville, VA
(434) 977-4090