Announcing the 2017 Emerging Writer Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award, the Marianne Russo Award, and the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award.

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2017 Teacher and Librarian Scholarship Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2017 Teacher and Librarian Scholarships!

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Scholarship for Teachers, Librarians, Writers

Do you know a teacher or librarian? How about a talented up-and-coming writer?

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Schedule Announced for “Shorts”

Opening night speakers, Hilton Als and Junot Díaz. Photos by Thea Goldberg and Nina Subin After almost two years of planning, the 34th annual Key West Literary Seminar—"Shorts: Stories, Essays, & Other Briefs"—is now just four weeks away. We are excited to unveil the complete schedule for one of the most eagerly anticipated ...Read More

2016 Awards to Jacks, Scarpa, Stephens

We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Emerging Writer Awards. The overall quality of the hundreds of submissions we received before this year's deadline is testament to the fact that we live in a vibrant time, and in a world that is animated, informed, and documented by ...Read More

2016 Teacher & Librarian Scholarships Announced

Teachers and librarians are the vanguard of literary culture. Each day they welcome new members to the community of readers, curate resources that reveal the histories of our cities and families, foster discussions about important literary works, and encourage the development of new voices in American literature. We recognize a …Read More


First Lear Scholarship to Cricket Desmarais

We are delighted to announce the selection of Cricket Desmarais as the recipient of our inaugural Liz Lear Scholarship. Introduced this year, the annual award recognizes a Florida Keys resident who is passionate about the written word. The Lear Scholarship provides the recipient with full tuition to the seminar and/or …Read More


2015 Awards to Deshpande, Bodwell, Kwak

We are pleased to present the winners of our 2015 Seminar Emerging Writer Awards: JAY DESHPANDE Scotti Merrill Award selected by Billy Collins Merrill Award winner Jay Deshpande writes: “When I’m writing these days, what I’m most desirous of is that something be at stake. All that matters is that …Read More


Announcing Workshop with Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson has confirmed that she will join our faculty for the 2015 Writers’ Workshop Program. A three-time finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Newbery and Coretta Scott King honors, Nelson joins us for the first time in Key West, where she will also appear as …Read More


Bookleggers Library comes to Key West

One of our favorite Miami literary upstarts is finally coming to Key West, for a not-to-be-missed event this Saturday from 3:00-8:00 at the Green Parrot Bar. Bookleggers Library is a community mobile library founded two years ago with a mission to provide the South Florida reading public with access to …Read More