EcoLit Books Success Story: Heather Marie Spitzberg

We at EcoLit Books are writers, so the initial impetus for our list of Literary Outlets for Environmental Writing was purely for our own use. But the list has grown over the years and is now one of the most popular pages on the site. We also have heard from writers who’ve discovered new publications …

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Braiding Sweetgrass: Finding a way through environmental despair

At the ASLE conference earlier this summer I heard this book referenced in a number of sessions. And now, having read it, I realize why. Braiding Sweetgrass is a rich collection of essays about plants and animals, indigenous and scientific awareness, and our tenuous relationship with nature. But more than that, it is the story …

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Writing Opportunity: The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

This is the fifth iteration of the Siskiyou Prize and submissions are open from now until December 31st. There is a $25 reading fee. This year’s judge is Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, which has been translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. She …

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“Penguins are in trouble”

This from a sobering research report published last week by some of the world’s leading experts on penguins. The report notes that “more than half of the world’s 18 penguin species are declining.” The three species most in danger are: African penguin Galápagos penguin Yellow-eyed penguin (seen below in New Zealand) The report notes that …

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The Emergence of Vegan Studies: Q & A with Laura Wright, author of Through a Vegan Studies Lens

Laura Wright is a professor of English at Western Carolina University.  In 2015, she introduced the field of Vegan Studies through her book The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals, and Gender in the Age of Terror (University of Georgia Press).  She followed this book up in 2019 with Through a Vegan Studies Lens (University of …

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Writing Opportunity: Prose about climate change

The literary journal apt is looking for writing that addresses climate change: For apt’s tenth print issue, we are seeking to publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and comics that address climate change, the defining challenge of our lifetime. It is, of course, not the only major, systemic issue we face and, for many, it is not …

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Writing Opportunity for Climate Change Poetry

There’s a new poetry prize in town, and it’s designated for “exceptional poems that help make real for readers the gravity of the vulnerable state of our environment at present.” Here are the details: Submissions for the first prize will be accepted online from September 1 through November 1. The winning poets will be announced …

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Writing Opportunity: Terrain Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction and Fiction

Terrain, one of the premier environmental journals, is now holding its 10th-annual writing contest across three genres. The judges are: Camille T. Dungy, PoetryCamille T. Dungy, the award-winning author of Trophic Cascade and four other poetry collections, is the editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry.  Alison Hawthorne Deming, NonfictionAlison Hawthorne Deming is the author …

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Notes from the ASLE Conference in Davis, California

ASLE is the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Every other year, the organization hosts a conference; this year it was at the University of California at Davis, and we drove down to participate. I’m told there were more than 1,200 attendees, a conference record, and a sign that environmental literature is …

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