Call for Nominations – 2024 Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize

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2024 Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize

For the Environmental Humanities and Creative Writing

Deadline: 31 December 2023

ALECC – Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada

We invite nominations for the next Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize for books published in 2022 and 2023. This biennial award is named in honour of Dr. Alanna F. Bondar (1968-2014), an ecocritic, ecofeminist, poet, teacher, and founding member of The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / L’Association pour la literature, l’environment et la culture au Canada (ALECC). Alanna was an Associate Professor of English at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and the author of the narrative poetic work There are many ways to die while travelling in Peru (Your Scrivener Press, 2011), as well as many scholarly publications. Alanna was also a passionate educator, writer, gardener, and knitter.

In honour of Alanna, a cash prize of $500 will be adjudicated by an ALECC committee and awarded every two years at the ALECC biennial conference. The prize winner will be announced at ALECC’s 2024 conference, located at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

In the spirit of Alanna Bondar’s own work, the committee seeks to award the prize to provocative, original, and stimulating books on environmental topics. Interdisciplinary works with a broad appeal within and beyond environmental humanities are sought, as are books with the potential to engage a broader public, as well as students across a range of disciplines and levels. Genres can include fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction, scholarly monographs, and edited collections.

Eligible authors must be Canadian or live in Canada. Books may be nominated by publishers or ALECC members. Nominated authors or collection editors must be ALECC or ALECC-affiliated association members by February 1st of the designated prize year. Book submissions in English, French or First Nations languages will be accepted.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 31, 2023. Written nominations for the 2024 Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize including full author information and publisher contact information can be submitted by completing the form below and emailing it to Finis Dunaway at finisdunaway [at] Publishers are responsible for forwarding copies of the nominated book to the 3 committee members. The committee is composed of Finis Dunaway (Chair), History, Trent University; Paul Huebener, English and Humanities, Athabasca University; and Sonnet L’ Abbe, English, Creative Writing and Journalism, Vancouver Island University. Their mailing addresses will be provided after the nomination form is submitted. Previous finalists and winners can be viewed at

Feature Image: “Young girl reading a book, Central Circulating Library at College and St. George Streets, Toronto, Ontario / Une jeune fille lit un livre. Bibliothèque centrale de prêt à l’intersection des rues College et Saint-George, Toronto (Ontario)” by BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives is licensed under CC BY 2.0.
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Finis Dunaway is professor of history at Trent University. He is the author of Natural Visions: The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform (2005) and Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images (2015), which received awards from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. His most recent book is Defending the Arctic Refuge: A Photographer, an Indigenous Nation, and a Fight for Environmental Justice (2021), which received the Hal K. Rothman Award from the Western History Association, the Spur Award for Best Contemporary Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America, and the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize from the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada.

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