Environmental literature, the second edition of the Demetra prize is underway

At ‘More books more free’ Comieco presents the main novelties of the recognition; rewards were introduced for three different categories

The interest in the environment and the themes that revolve around it are at the center of the daily debate to the point of finding more and more space also in the literary sector, capable of intercepting and expressing the problems, dreams and potential of society. There are more and more titles dedicated to environmental issues and spaces reserved for the theme in bookstores: environmental literature is establishing itself as a constantly evolving trend, with the environment as the protagonist of stories told through a multiplicity of genres and registers. To support and promote its development, on the occasion of Comieco ‘Più libri più freely’ (National consortium for the recovery and recycling of cellulosic-based packaging) launches the 2022 edition of the Demetra Prize, conceived with Elba Book Festival, in collaboration with Esa Ambiente, Unicoop Tirreno and sponsored by the Tuscan Archipelago National Park.

The award will be divided into three distinct sections, awarding the best independent title belonging to the categories of non-fiction, investigations and fiction / publishing for children. “The progressive interest shown by the company towards environmental issues has led more and more publishers to publish titles that place them at the center of their stories. Suffice it to say that the catalog of one of the most important Italian publishing houses in recent years has increased its titles related to the environment by 30% – comments Carlo Montalbetti, general manager of Comieco – We have decided to support the development of environmental literature because deals with the natural meeting point between the formation of a shared environmental awareness and the world of paper, an efficient example of a virtuous supply chain and circular economy “.

The Demetra Prize will be able to participate in environmental-themed publications of a narrative, non-fiction and investigative nature published in the original Italian language by independent publishers. The winners of the three sections will be awarded as part of the Elba Book Festival scheduled from 19 to 22 July 2022. The competition rules and the application form will soon be available on www.comieco.org and www.elbabookfestival.com