Cecelia Joyce Johnson

(for a short story)

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Scotti Merrill Award

(for poetry)

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Marianne Russo Award

(for a novel-in-progress)

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Three Emerging Writer Awards are presented each year.

The Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award, Scotti Merrill Award, and Marianne Russo 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 Writers’ Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.

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 have implemented a $12 application fee to cover review costs.

This year’s winners are Chase Burke for a short story, Andrea Rinard for a novel-in-progress, and Chloe Firetto-Toomey for poetry. Learn more about their achievements here.

Important Dates:

Applications will be open Spring 2020. Winners will be notified in the fall.

Eligibility:

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 are the author of a book that is self-published, published with an independent press, or had a print run of 500 or fewer copies, you may or may not be eligible. If you think your eligibility could be called into question, please provide relevant details about prior publications as part of your cover letter. We reserve the right to make all final decisions regarding eligibility.

Previous Winners

Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award

2020
Chase Burke

2019
Joe Dornich

2018
Dantiel Moniz

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

Scotti Merrill Award

2020
Chloe Firetto-Toomey

2019
Michelle Peñaloza

2018
Michael Lee

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

Marianne Russo Award

2020
Andrea Rinard

2019
Ross Feeler

2018
Sara Allen

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