Now Seeking Outstanding Writing For $5,000 Zencey Prize

Gund News | Oct. 26, 2021

Now Seeking Outstanding Writing For $5,000 Zencey Prize

Submit books and long-form journalism for the Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics by January 4

The Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont and the U.S. Society of Ecological Economics invite submissions for the Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics, which celebrates outstanding writing on the environmental limits of our finite planet.

The winning author will receive $5,000 USD, plus financial support for a trip to the University of Vermont for a public campus event in Burlington, Vt.

Named after pioneering scholar Eric Zencey (1954-2019), the prize recognizes the best current affairs book or long-form journalism that advances public understanding of real-world environmental challenges using the principles of ecological economics, a field that explores the relationships between economics and Earth’s limited natural resources.

Zencey Prize Criteria

  • Current affairs book or long-form journalism
  • Published in 2020 or 2021
  • Written for a general audience
  • Addresses real-world environmental challenges
  • Uses principles of ecological economics
  • English language
  • Submitted by the author or publisher
  • Academic journal articles will not be considered
  • University of Vermont employees are not eligible for the prize

The term “ecological economics” need not appear in submitted works, but the field’s underlying goals – understanding links among ecological, economic and social systems and advancing sustainability, equity, and human well-being – must be evident.

The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2022. The Prize will be announced by Fall 2022, followed by an event with the winner.

“I hope this prize will inspire future generations of environmental writers and ecological economists to communicate real-world solutions beyond ‘the Ivory Tower,’” said Eric Zencey, an esteemed scholar and public intellectual who worked to understand and address the great environmental challenges we face.

Last year, Bathsheba Demuth of Brown University was awarded the inaugural Zencey Prize for her book Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait.

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The Eric Zencey Prize in Ecological Economics is co-presented by the Gund Institute for Environment and the U.S. Society of Ecological Economics.


Aimee Germain
Program Manager
Gund Institute for Environment
University of Vermont | 802.656.7786


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