Winners of the 2018 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards

2018 ALSCW Meringoff Award for Poetry:

Bruce Bond, “Skull”; Deborah Warren, “Down-to-Earth”

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-three books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, SIU Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way, 2017), Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018), and Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse, 2018).

Five books are forthcoming including Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave).  Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas.

Lecture by Peter McDonald, Chicago, March 19

The John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, Creative Writing, and ALSCW (Assn. of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers)

announce a lecture


Peter McDonald

Professor of British and Irish Poetry,

University of Oxford

ʽAncient salt’: The preservation of W.B. Yeats”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

5:00pm in Foster 505

(1130 E. 59th  Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637)

Persons with a disability who believe they may need assistance please call Anne Gamboa in advance at 702-8427



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 All entries must be previously unpublished.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.

Local Meeting, Barnard College, May 9, Reading With Patricia Hampl

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
invites you to a reading and conversation with

Patricia Hampl

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

302 Barnard Hall – 3RD Floor
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Barnard Hall is located immediately upon entering through the main gate
of the Barnard campus at Broadway and 117th Street

Doors open at 6:30 PM | Reading begins at 7:00 PM
~ Refreshments before & after ~