AWARD ─ Holmes Rolston, III Early Career Essay Prize

Holmes Rolston, III Early Career Essay Prize
Invitation for submission of papers on all aspects of environmental philosophy.
A prize of $500 will be awarded to the winning essay.
Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2017. Continue reading

ESSAY COMPETITION – Silent Spring Essay Contest

Fifty years ago, the world was rocked by the publication of a quiet tirade against the chemical industry. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring exposed the dangers and risks of everyday chemicals and commonplace practices; it launched the modern American environmental movements and also influenced similar movements all over the globe.

In commemoration of fifty years of Silent Spring, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (in collaboration with the British Council, the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations, and the Consulate General of the United States, Munich) is soliciting essays from junior and senior scholars which analyze the impact and reception of Silent Spring as well as the legacy of Rachel Carson. Essays might address one or more of the following questions:

  • How has Silent Spring shaped environmentalism or environmental thought in various countries? How is it a global phenomenon?
  • What elements of Silent Spring have had the greatest impact on environmental leaders? Policy makers? Anti-environmentalists?
  • How is Silent Spring still relevant to current environmental debates?
  • How has the relevance of Rachel Carson’s writing changed over the decades since Silent Spring was published?
  • If Rachel Carson were alive today, what would she be writing about?

In the spirit of Carson’s own writing, submissions are encouraged to address an interested public with an approachable and provocative style. The RCC will be awarding both a junior and senior prize for the most outstanding essays:

  • Junior Prize: $1,000 for 1,000 words (or less); Open to students aged 13-18
  • Senior Prize: $2,000 for 2,000 words (or less); Open to anyone aged 19 and above

The winning essays, as well as those which receive an honorable mention, will be published in a commemorative edition of the RCC Perspectives series, an occasional papers series available in print and online. Submissions are due via email to perspectives@carsoncenter.lmu.de.

The submission deadline is March 15, 2012.

Please also include a short biographical profile and indicate whether the essay is to be considered for the junior or senior prize. The essays will be reviewed by an international committee of scholars and writers. For questions, please submit queries to perspectives@carsoncenter.lmu.de.

ESSAY COMPETITION – Web of Life Foundation

The recently formed Web of Life Foundation – WOLFoundation – runs an annual competition looking for the best non-technical, English language writing on any subject related to environmental issues.  Deadline 15 Dec 2011. To enter pleae visit our Guidelines Page

The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $1,500. A further $500 will be awarded to the second placed entry.  The top 20 entries will be published as a book of collected essays

The competition is open to all and the judges are looking for “fresh ideas, freshly presented” on any topic relating to environmental or conservation issues. Manuscripts must be written in English, double spaced, no longer than 3,000 words and contain no abstract, list of references or footnotes. Images are allowed as part of the manuscript.