Announcing the 2018 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards, Deadline Dec. 15th

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers announces three awards of $2,500 each in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.  Only one entry is accepted from each person. All entries must be previously unpublished. The winning entries will be published in either Literary Imagination or Literary Matters. All entries must be postmarked no later than December 15th, 2018. The winners will be announced early in 2018. Members will be invited to read their work at the 2019 annual conference.

Tom Sleigh Wins Pushcart Prize!

Congratulations to Tom Sleigh, whose poem “Face” has been chosen for publication in The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses (2019 edition)!  “Face” was first published in the ALSCW’s flagship journal, Literary Imagination (Oxford UP, Vol. 19, Issue 2, 1 July 2017).

Tom Sleigh’s many books include Station Zed, Army Cats (John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters), and Space Walk (Kingsley Tufts Award). He teaches at Hunter College and works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa. A book of essays, The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing In an Age of Refugees, and of poems, House of Fact, House of Ruin, were published by Graywolf in Feb. 2018. Sleigh has published in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, VQRAPR, PoetryThreepenny, and elsewhere, as well being widely anthologized in publications such as The Best of the Best American Poetry, the Best American Poetry, and the Best American Travel Writing.  

Announcing the 2018 Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest, Deadline July 1st

The ALSCW works to foster and recognize excellence in the critically important area of student writing of analytical essays at the secondary school level. We invite submissions of analytical essays by students in grades 9 through 12 dealing with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine style, characterization, rhetorical technique, and structure, and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works.

2017 Meringoff Prize Winners in Fiction & Poetry Announced

The ALSCW is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Meringoff Prizes in Fiction and Poetry. The co-winners in Fiction this year are Brian Buchanan for his story, “Wisdom Teeth,” and David Galef for his story, “Therapy.” The judge of the Fiction Prize was Brad Leithauser.

This year’s co-winners in Poetry are Brendan Rabon for his poem, “Gladstone,” and Daniel Tobin for “This Broken Symmetry.” Rachel Hadas judged the Poetry competition.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the participants and judges!

 

Armen Davoudian, 2018 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship Winner

Armen Davoudian has won the 2018 ALSCW Dissertation Fellowship

Armen Davoudian is an English PhD candidate at Stanford and is writing a dissertation on the formal parameters and generic conventions defining the poetry book or volume in the 20th century. He is also completing an MFA in poetry at Johns Hopkins. His poetry and criticism have appeared in Blueline, The Berkeley McNair Research Journal, and The Folio. He is poetry editor at Mantis, assistant editor at The Hopkins Review, and former co-chair of the Stanford Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. Born in Esfahan, Iran, where he lived for 17 years, he is currently translating the poetry of Nima Yushij and Sohrab Sepehri.

Literary Matters Pushcart Prize Nominations

Literary Matters is proud to announce its nominees for The Pushcart Prize 2017. From issue 9:2, we’ve nominated Judith Ortiz Cofer’s “Las Muchachas” and Richie Hofmann’s “Shades.” From issue 9:3, we’ve nominated A.E. Stallings’ “Dyeing the Easter Eggs,” Catherine Tufariello’s “Clear Water,” and Jean Valentine’s “For a Friend Who Died Young.” And from issue 10.1, we’ve nominated Gregory Fraser’s “Nothing But a Few Bare Trees.”

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Congratulations to ALSCW member Terry R. Hummer!

Congratulations to ALSCW member Terry R. Hummer, 2017 Recipient of Donald Justice Award for Poetry!

T.R. Hummer’s most recent books of poetry are After the Afterlife (Acre Books) and the three linked volumes Ephemeron, Skandalon, and Eon (LSU Press). Former editor in chief of The Kenyon Review, of The New England Review, and of The Georgia Review, he has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Grant in Poetry, the Richard Wright Award for Artistic Excellence, and the Hanes Poetry Prize. He lives in Cold Spring, NY.

Polina Whitehouse: 2017 Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest Winner

Polina Whitehouse

We are pleased to announce that Polina Whitehouse of the Brearley School has won The Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest. The Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest offers annual awards to students in grades 9 through 12 who have written superior analytical essays that deal with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine style, characterization, rhetorical technique, or structure, and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works. This year’s awards include a prize of $2000 and publication in the Winter issue of Literary Matters, the online literary journal of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

Congratulations to Sonya Larson, Winner of the 2017 VSC ALSCW Fellowship!

Sonya Larson’s short fiction and nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Best American Short Stories 2017American Short FictionThe American Literary ReviewPoets & Writers MagazineThe Writer’s ChronicleAudible.comWest BranchSalamanderMemorious, Del Sol ReviewThe Red Mountain Review, and The Hub. She has received awards and honors from Best American Short Stories 2017 and 2015Glimmer TrainMeridianSalamander, the American Literary Review, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is at work on a novel about a Chinese community living in rural Mississippi in the 1930s, which earned her an Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation. This is Sonya’s second fellowship to attend VSC; in 2016, she was awarded the Grace Paley Fiction Fellowship.

Carolyn Jack: 2016 Meringoff Prize in Fiction Winner

Carolyn Jack

The ALSCW is pleased to announce that Carolyn Jack is the winner of the 2016 Meringoff Prize in fiction. Ms. Jack’s “Success” is part of a novel in progress. The judges (John Burt and Lee Oser) call it “a brilliant portrait of a talented, observant, tart-tongued, young pianist from a Caribbean island whose cultivated, nearly deaf mother has determined that he will be a prodigy, and who is just at the point of leaving home to pursue study in the United States.” The award includes a cash prize of $2,000 and publication in an upcoming issue of Literary Matters. Ms. Jack and the other Meringoff Prize winners have been invited to read at the 2017 annual conference of the ALSCW at the University of Dallas from October 26-29. For more information go to our website (ALSCW.org).