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The Word Guild Opens Awards Submissions

The Word Guild has opened submissions for The Word Awards. If you have work that was published during the year 2020, or if you have an unpublished manuscript you wish to enter, now is the time to enter. New this year If you’ve taken part in a recent TWG Members meeting, you may know that… View Article

Ruth Dicoey, Director, National Book Foundation

National Book Foundation Names New Director

Current Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures to begin new role in May 2021. The National Book Foundation announced February 11, 2021 that Ruth Dickey, who since 2013 has served as Executive Director of Seattle Arts & Lectures, will be the Foundation’s new Executive Director. Her appointment concludes a national search following the departure… View Article

International Latino Book Awards Closes March 15, 2021

The International Latino Book Awards is accepting manuscript submissions until March 15, 2021, according to its website, though the early deadline has passed. The 2021 awards ceremony apparently will be held in September 2021. Application forms are available for 2021. After the Awards Ceremony, the upload form will be available to submit digital materials. Becoming… View Article

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Award Winners

William Soroyan Writing Prize Winners for 2020

William Saroyan Writing Prize Picks 2020 Winners

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Jennifer Croft awarded the 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing by Stanford Libraries Adjei-Brenyah and Croft were selected as winners, among 247 eligible submissions, for their ability to evoke raw emotion and masterfully leverage the power of language with their writing. Stanford, CA–Friday Black (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018) by Nana Kwame… View Article

Where Reasons End wins PEN award

“Where Reasons End” Wins PEN 2020 Novel Award

In March 2020, PEN America announced, the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards winners in a ceremony in New York City, hosted by Seth Meyers. The top prize for a full-length novel was awarded to Yiyun Li for the book, Where Reasons End,  (Random House) Hudson | IndieBound. We are just now catching up on some of the… View Article

Effie Lee Morris Literary Awards

WNBA Names Literary Award Winners

The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter is pleased and proud to debut the first-ever Effie Lee Morris WNBA Literary Award. Ms. Morris was a pioneering Black librarian and the founder of this chapter of the Women’s National Book Association in 1968. The Virtual Awards Ceremony will take place on July 24th, 5pm PST (see link… View Article

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