emerging writer awards

Marianne Russo Award

(for a novel-in-progress)

The deadline has passed.
We will begin accepting applications for 2019 in spring 2018.

Scotti Merrill Award

(for poetry)

The deadline has passed.
We will begin accepting applications for 2019 in spring 2018.

Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award

(for a short story)

The deadline has passed.
We will begin accepting applications for 2019 in spring 2018.

Three Emerging Writer Awards are presented each year.

The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.

Each award is tailored to a particular literary form. The Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers may apply for either the Johnson Award (for a short story) or the Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress).

Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Workshop Program*, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar. Runners-up for each award will also be offered financial assistance packages.

Please review the criteria, complete the application form, and upload the required documents via Submittable. Due to an increased volume of applications and our thorough review process, we are implementing a $10 application fee to cover review costs.

*Winners will be able to attend the Workshop of their choice, even if it is currently full.

Deadline:

The deadline has now passed. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019 awards in spring 2018.

Learn more about this year’s Emerging Writer Award winners. 


Eligibility:

Poets and writers of any age who live in the United States and have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. If you have published a book with a small press that has a print run of 500 or so copies, you are still eligible. We reserve the right to make final decisions regarding eligibility.

We will accept only one Emerging Writer Award application per person.

Previous Winners

Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award

—2017—
Munib Khan
—2016—
Vincent Scarpa
—2015—
Chaney Kwak
—2014—
Liz Gordon
—2013—
Sharon Harrigan
—2012—
Sabra Wineteer
—2011—
George Kamide
—2010—
Andrew Alexander
—2009—
Martha Otis
—2008—
Mehdi Okasi
Nami Mun


Marianne Russo Award

—2017—
Elizabeth Engelman
—2016—
Jordan Jacks
—2015—
Joshua Bodwell
—2014—
Theodore Wheeler
—2013—
Brooks Whitney Phillips
—2012—
Christy Strick
—2011—
Kim Adrian
—2010—
George Green
—2009—
Patricia Engel
—2008—
Kristen-Paige Madonia
Katherine Schaefer


Scotti Merrill Memorial Award

—2017—
Melinda Goodman
—2016—
Rob Stephens
—2015—
Jay Deshpande
—2014—
Christine Shan Shan Hou
—2013—
Scott Brennan
—2012—
Diana Khoi Nguyen
—2011—
Brynn Saito
—2010—
Will Dowd
—2009—
April Puciata
—2008—
Nancy Pearson
Jacqueline Jones LaMon