We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s named awards:
THE JOYCE HORTON JOHNSON FICTION AWARD
Sharon Harrigan has a bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University and a master’s in Creative Writing from Pacific University. She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has published over thirty short stories, essays, and reviews in publications including Narrative, Mid-American Review, The Rumpus, Pleiades, Fiction Writers Review, Hip Mama, Pearl, Rain Taxi, Apercus Quarterly, Silk Road, and Prime Number. She is also a contributor and book reviewer for The Nervous Breakdown and a contributing editor at Silk Road. She usually lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, but is spending this year in Paris.
THE SCOTTI MERRILL MEMORIAL AWARD
Selected by Billy Collins
Scott Brennan is a poet and visual artist who lives in Miami, Florida, where he teaches high school English and manages the community garden at Miami Country Day School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University and a master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. His poetry has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Sewanee Review, Harvard Review, The Literary Review, Notre Dame Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Review, The Journal, Third Coast, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere.
THE MARIANNE RUSSO AWARD
Brooks Whitney Phillips
Brooks Whitney Phillips is a Key West resident. Prior to moving to the island, she lived in Chicago where she wrote a syndicated column for the Chicago Tribune along with feature stories on music and the arts. She has published eight children’s books, six for the popular American Girl collection and two with Scholastic. Brooks has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and the David and Julia White Artist’s Colony in Costa Rica. She is presently a resident artist at the Studios of Key West and has just completed her first novel.
Brennan, Harrigan, and Phillips will join us for the second session of “Writers on Writers,” our 31st annual seminar, and read from their work on Sunday January 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Each year, the Key West Literary Seminar grants three awards to emerging writers of exceptional merit living in the United States. Each provides full tuition to our January Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, seven nights’ lodging, support for living expenses while in Key West, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.
We are grateful to Joyce Johnson, Peyton Evans and The Rodel Charitable Foundation-Florida, and The Dogwood Foundation for providing the endowments which will support our scholarship program for years to come.