Reed Environmental Writing Award 2023 ($2,500 prize)

Deadline: October 1, 2022

Nominations are open for the 2023 Reed Environmental Writing Award. The award recognizes writers who achieve both literary excellence and an extraordinary understanding of the natural treasures and environmental challenges of the South.

In the long and proud tradition of Southern literature, writers have often looked to the region’s unique natural treasures for inspiration and insight – from the haunting cypress swamps of Georgia to the high mountains of western North Carolina to the rolling fields of the foothills of Virginia. As the South grows and changes, writers are increasingly exploring the South’s relationship to these natural riches and the challenges they face in this time of transition, and SELC’s Reed Environmental Writing Award honors the best of these storytellers. .

The Southern Environmental Law Center’s (SELC) annual Reed Environmental Writing Award includes two categories: Book, for non-fiction (not self-published) books, and Journalism, for articles in newspapers, magazines, and online.


  • Prizes of $2,500 are awarded to the winner in each category.


  • Open to everyone, including authors and publishers.
  • Nominations for book entries must be non-fiction (not self-published) works and journalism entries, including newspapers, magazines, and digital writing, must be published by a recognized institution such as a newspaper, university or non-profit organization.
  • Entries must be at least 1,000 words; published during the year ending October 1, 2022 and relates to the environment in at least one of the six states in the SELC region (Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia).

Judgment criterion

  • The main judging criteria are the quality of the writing style and connection to the Southern environment, the overall originality of the play, and the presentation of unique ideas and pressing issues.


Winners will be announced in January 2023 and invited to read their winning entry at a special SELC event during the Virginia Festival of the Book, held each March in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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For more information, visit Reed Award for Environmental Writing.

Scott R. Banks