Meringoff Writing Awards: February 1, 2022 Deadline

The Meringoff Writing Awards have deadlines of February 1, 2022. Everyone who enters the Meringoff Writing Awards competition must be a member of the ALSCW or sponsored by a member. Membership information is available on the ALSCW website (alscw.org). Only previously unpublished submissions are accepted; if a submission is accepted by another journal, please inform us immediately by e-mailing alscw@cua.edu.

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers announces three awards of $3,500 each in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Only one entry per genre 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 All entries must be previously unpublished.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 February 1, 2022. The winners will be announced early in 2022. Winners will be invited to read their work at the ALSCW’s next annual conference, to be held at Yale University.

Former ALSCW President Greg Delanty Awarded Inaugural David Ferry and Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize

Poet Greg Delanty has been named the first recipient of the David Ferry and Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize. The prize was established at Suffolk University through the generosity of the Ellen LaForge Memorial Foundation. It honors Ellen LaForge, a lifelong avid poetry lover and supporter, and poet and translator David Ferry. The prize, along with a $2,000 honorarium, is awarded to an accomplished poet who has also published books of translation.

Ferry — a Distinguished Visiting Poet at Suffolk for over a decade and winner of the National Book Award — participated in the ceremony, praising Delanty for the “immediacy of his language.”

ALSCW Meringoff Writing Award Winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Meringoff Writing Awards! The awards include a prize of $3,500 each and publication in Literary Matters. The Meringoff Writing Awards are given annually in the categories of poetry, fiction, and  creative nonfiction.

1) Non-Fiction: Oliver Spivey for “’The Secret Rhythm of Chance’: The Nabokovian Vision of Tragedy in Pale Fire”

In Memoriam, Denis Donoghue

Denis Donoghue, who passed away on April 6th at the age of 92, played an important role in the early years of the ALSCW, known back then as the ALSC. Rosanna Warren remembers him: “He was a giant in every respect—a looming figure intellectually and physically. Streams of eloquence poured from his mouth when he spoke, perfectly formed periodic sentences, with precise and lengthy quotations from poetry and prose.” If there is a memory here of Yeats’s memory of Wilde (“I never before heard a man talking with perfect sentences…”), Denis would have appreciated it. ALSCW member Anthony Domestico has written a fine tribute at Commonweal. The link is here: https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/%E2%80%98justly-responsive%E2%80%99

In Memoriam, Morris Dickstein

We mourn the passing of Morris Dickstein. Morris served as president of the ALSCW in 2007 and was a cherished friend of many in our organization. His books include Gates of Eden, Double Agent, Leopards in the TempleDancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression, and a memoir, Why Not Say What Happened: A Sentimental Education. He was a distinguished and beloved teacher, and an important member of the ALSCW for many years. He will be missed. Below is an obituary by his daughter, Rachel.

Meringoff Writing Awards

The Meringoff Writing Awards have deadlines of February 1, 2021. Everyone who enters the Meringoff Writing Awards competition must be a member of the ALSCW or sponsored by a member. Membership information is available on the ALSCW website (alscw.org). Only previously unpublished submissions are accepted; if a submission is accepted by another journal, please inform us immediately by e-mailing alscw@cua.edu.

Meringoff Writing Awards (February 1st deadline)

An incursion into the oppressor’s mind that led to writing a novel-in-verse

Carmen Bugan discusses working with Cold War surveillance family archives and the process of creating literary characters from secret police transcripts, in order to understand the narrative of oppression. In the course of locating an appropriate form which could transform historical documents and personal experience into literature, deeper questions about what constitutes literary language surfaced, both as challenges and solutions to understanding the language we use when addressing historical trauma.Click here to read.

ALSCW Zoom Series: American Classics, American Crisis

We are delighted to invite you to the first installment of the ALSCW’s fall Zoom series. We are deeply grateful to our participants and to all of you for your support of the ALSCW (information on memberships and renewals can be found at ALSCW.org).  The panelists will take questions from the audience during the last twenty minutes of our session.  Please join our Zoom seminar through this link: Zoom Seminar Link (Click Here)

September 9th, 6 pm to 7:15 pm EST: “American Classics, American Crisis”

ALSCW Fall Zoom Series

We are delighted to announce the ALSCW’s fall Zoom series. As many of you know, the 25th annual conference of the ALSCW, which was scheduled at Yale University in October, was canceled because of the pandemic.  Our Zoom series in the fall of 2020 and in the spring of 2021 will help to keep our membership connected and to advance our organization’s mission to advance the study and creation of literature.  We are deeply grateful to our participants—it’s an incredibly talented lineup—and to all of you for your support of the ALSCW (information on memberships and renewals can be found at ALSCW.org).  We will send out a link a week to ten days before each event.