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Call for Submissions - John Burroughs Medal for a distinguished book of nature writing - dated 9/10/13

Call for Submissions - John Burroughs Riverby Award for exceptional natural history books for young readers - dated 1/14/14

Call for Submissions - John Burrough Nature Essay Award for an outstanding published nature essay - dated 1/14/14


The John Burroughs Association, Inc.
At The American Museum of Natural History
15 West 77th Street, New York, NY  10024
212-769-5169 (o), 212-769-5329 (fax), lbreslof@amnh.org
www.johnburroughsassociation.org

September 10, 2013   

Dear Publisher:

The John Burroughs Association announces the 88th year of presenting the John Burroughs Medal for a distinguished book of nature writing.  To be eligible, books must have been published during the previous three years.  Please submit any titles you wish to be considered for this award to the John Burroughs Association no later than October 18, 2013.  Books received after this date will be eligible for next year’s award.  Previously winning authors are not eligible.  The winner will be notified by regular mail and telephone.  The Medal will only be given to the winning author in person.  If s/he is not available to attend the award ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History in the spring, an alternate will be chosen.

Previous Medal recipients clearly represent the most distinguished American nature writers of the last seven decades. The 2013 medal was awarded to Thor Hanson for his book, Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle. "In this book, Hanson details a sweeping natural history of this evolutionary marvel, as feathers have been used to fly, protect, attract, and adorn through time and place." (AMNH)

Books are selected by an experienced panel of judges on the basis of literary quality, first-hand field work and originality, and, of course, accuracy of observation. In making their selection, the judges may take into account not only the volume before them, but also the author's entire body of work. The entries must be narrative natural history writing, in the broad sense, and meet the criteria set forth in this call for entries.

There is a $50.00 per book title reader fee. Books will not be sent out for review until the reader fee has been paid. We request that publishers submit six copies of each title entered, addressed to the office of the Secretary, c/o American Museum of Natural History/John Burroughs Association, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192. The award is usually announced in January or February of the succeeding year and presentation made at the annual literary awards luncheon event of the John Burroughs Association, Inc., at the Museum in April.

To visit our website and view a list of previous winners, go to http://research.amnh.org/burroughs/. If you have any questions, I can be contacted at 212-769-5169 (o), 212-769-5329 (fax), or at lbreslof@amnh.org.

Respectfully,

Lisa Breslof, Secretary


The John Burroughs Association, Inc.
At The American Museum of Natural History
15 West 77th Street, New York, NY, 10024
212-769-5169 (o), 212-769-5329 (fax), lbreslof@amnh.org
www.johnburroughsassociation.org

January 14, 2014

Dear Editor:

On behalf of The John Burroughs Association I would like to express my appreciation for your recent essay submission(s) for the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award for an outstanding published nature essay program. Selecting a single winner is always difficult, but for 2013 our distinguished panel of judges chose "The Larch", by Rick Bass, Orion, (September/October 2012) as the year’s recipient of the award.  The award was presented at a special luncheon held at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday April 1, 2013.

The general criteria used to judge the merits of essays nominated for the JOHN BURROUGHS NATURE ESSAY AWARD include the following: published in an anthology or periodical during 2013; literary quality; vivid presentation; poetic content; personal viewpoint; and scientific accuracy.  The judges in the past have been impressed by essays that stress the author’s own connection with nature involving either original natural history research or one’s own life experience.  They (the judges) do not ordinarily consider essays that principally record someone else’s research or life experience with nature, but instead favor essays that combine accurate descriptions with an engaging, felicitous style, a trait shared by many of John Burroughs’ essays.

We have designed a unique seal that will be used to identify future winning essays.  This seal will be available in a photo-ready format for editors who wish to promote their winning essay either as a republication or shortened review in a later issue of their magazine. 

Thank you again for your support of our essay award program.  Please continue to submit entries, keeping in mind the guidelines.

Please submit entries by Monday, January 20, 2014 to the address below.  We require seven copies of each entry if hard copies are submitted.  PDF copies may be emailed to lbreslof@amnh.org.  A list of past winning essays that represent the most distinguished nature writing in essay form can be found at www.johnburroughsassociation.org.


Respectfully,

Lisa Breslof
Secretary
www.research.amnh.org/burroughs
1/14/14

 

Announcing the Twenty-First Annual Competition for the

John Burroughs
Nature Essay Award
for an outstanding published nature essay

~Submission Date Extension~

The John Burroughs Association is pleased to announce the twenty-first annual competition for the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award and is calling for publishers to submit nature essays that represent the best work published in an anthology or periodical during 2013

The criteria used to judge the merits of each essay are:

  • Literary quality
  • Vivid presentation
  • Poetic content
  • Personal viewpoint
  • Scientific accuracy

The John Burroughs Association brings to life the legacy, writing, and natural world of John Burroughs, one of the nation's first literary naturalists, by encouraging nature writing and enriching lives through nature.  Burroughs was one of the most popular and influential authors of his day and is credited with creating the modern nature essay, publishing more than three hundred essays in leading magazines and twenty-seven books.  Through his writings and friendships with national leaders he had a profound impact on the emerging conservation movement. 

To encourage writing about the natural world, the John Burroughs Association annually recognizes the year's outstanding published nature essay, conferring the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award.  The winning essay will be announced in early March 2014.  Both the author and publisher will be awarded certificates at the Association's annual Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the American Museum of Natural History.  

Please submit entries by Monday, January 20, 2014 to the address below.  We require seven copies of each entry if hard copies are submitted.  PDF copies may be emailed to lbreslof@amnh.org.  A list of past winning essays that represent the most distinguished nature writing in essay form can be found at www.johnburroughsassociation.org.

            Lisa Breslof, Secretary
            The John Burroughs Association, Inc
            c/o American Museum of Natural History
            15 West 77th Street
            New York, NY  10024
            www.research.amnh.org/burroughs


1/14/14


 

Announcing the Twenty-Fifth Annual Competition for the

John Burroughs Riverby Award
for exceptional natural history books
for young readers

---Submission Date Extension---

We are pleased to announce the opening of our twenty-fifth annual selection for THE RIVERBY AWARD GIVEN ANNUALLY TO EXCEPTIONAL NATURAL HISTORY BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS.  This list recognizes writers, artists, and publishers who produce outstanding nature literature for children.

The John Burroughs Association (JBA) began recognizing outstanding nature books for children in 1988.  Since then, these books have been added to a JBA List of Nature Books for Young Readers.  Beginning in April 2014 at the association's annual literary awards luncheon at the American Museum of Natural History, the children's books honored will receive The Riverby Award.

Riverby has a special significance in the life of John Burroughs.  His home on the Hudson River was named Riverby.  He also gave that name to one of his books.  In the preface to Riverby, he says that Riverby or -by the river- is the place "where the sketches were written, and where for many years I have been an interested spectator of the life of nature, as with the changing seasons, it has ebbed and flowed past my door."

The mission of the John Burroughs Association is to bring to life the legacy, the writing, and the natural world of John Burroughs, one of the nation's first literary naturalists, encouraging nature writing and enriching lives through nature.

We welcome the nomination of books for the 2013 RIVERBY AWARD that meet these criteria:
·         Nonfiction subjects of natural history, ecology, and environmental studies.  Works may include poetry, travel, art, adventure, biography, as well as field studies or first person experiences. Science texts are ineligible.
·         Published in calendar year 2013.
·         Scientifically accurate.
·         Suitable for young readers through high school.

The RIVERBY AWARD is usually announced in January or February of the succeeding year and the presentation is made at the annual literary awards luncheon event of the John Burroughs Association at the AmericanMuseum of Natural History in early April.  There will be a Certificate of Commendation awarded to authors, illustrators, photographers, and publishers of each of the selected books.

The John Burroughs Association is dedicated to promoting the spirit and teaching of John Burroughs (1873-1921), of some of his most appropriate nature essays for children, and several anthologies that were published and used during his lifetime as readers in schools across America.

There is a $25.00 submission fee for the full shipment of all of the titles submitted.  There is no limit on the amount of titles you are eligible to submit.  Books will not be sent for review until the submission fee has been paid.  We require that six copies of each entry be sent to the office of the secretary at the address below.  Checks can be made out to the John Burroughs Association, Inc. If paying by credit card, go to our web site at http://johnburroughsassociation.org and click on NYCharities for a link to our donor page, designate your payment to the Riverby Award and add a 4% handling fee.
If books have already been sent with the submission fee, please disregard this letter and look forward to our announcement of the award winners.   

Entries should arrive by Monday, December 20, 2013 (early submissions are encouraged) to the office of:  Ms. Lisa Breslof, Secretary, The John Burroughs Association, Inc., c/o the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, N.Y.10024

Contact Ms. Breslof by E-mail: lbreslof@amnh.org; telephone: 212 769-5169; or fax: 212-769-5329.  To visit our website and view previous winners, go to http://johnburroughsassociation.org.

The John Burroughs Association, Inc.
15 West 77th Street, New York, NY10024
212-769-5169 (o), 212-769-5329 (fax)
Lisa Breslof at www.research.amnh.org/burroughs 

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