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Finalists & Winners Announced – 2014

The MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University and its alumni organization, the MFA Alumni Writers Collaborative, are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Housatonic Book Awards. The winner in each category will receive a $1000 honorarium and a $500 travel stipend and will appear at a residency of the MFA program to give a public reading and present a Master Class to MFA students. Guidelines for next year’s awards will appear on this website in early 2015. Congratulations to the authors and presses!

Fiction

Finalists:

The Fifty-First State, by Lisa Borders (Engine Books)
The Mourning Hours, by Paula Treck DeBoard (Harlequin MIRA)
My Notorious Life, by Kate Manning (Scribner)
River of Dust, by Virginia Pye (Unbridled Books)

Winner:
Cartwheel, by Jennifer DuBois (Random House)

Poetry

Finalists:

Beauty Mark, Suzanne Cleary (BkMkPress)
Large White House Speaking, Mark Irwin (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
American Amnesiac, Diane Raptosh (Etruscan Press)
Vestigial, Page Hill Starzinger (Barrow Street Press)

Winner:
Begin Empty-Handed, Gail Martin (Perugia Press)

Nonfiction

Finalists:

Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland’s Ukranians after WWII, Diana Howansky Reilly (University of Wisconsin Press)
The Blind Masseuse, Alden Jones (Terrace Books)
The Next Scott Nadelson, Scott Nadelson (Hawthorne Books)
Becoming Tom Thumb, Eric Lehman (Wesleyan University Press)

Winner:
Bootstrapper, Mardi Jo Link (Knopf)

Writing for Middle Grades and YA

Finalists:

Rules for Ghosting, by AJ Paquette (Bloomsbury)
Lone Wolves, by John Smelcer (Leapfrog Press)
After Isaac, by Avra Wing (Olinville Press)
Over the Line, by David Lloyd (Syracuse University Press)

Winner:
Brotherhood, by A.B. Westrick (Viking)

 


 

Book Awards

The Housatonic Book Awards are open for nominations between March 15 and June 15 (postmark deadline). Please read over our guidelines before submitting. If you would like to learn more, please check our FAQ section. The mission of the Housatonic Book Awards is to promote excellent writing, to identify authors who serve as professional role models for writing students, and to develop the WCSU MFA in Creative and Professional Writing Program scholarship fund.

Award recipients will be named in early October 2014. 

Entry Form and Guidelines

The following categories open March 15th, 2014:

Housatonic Award for Fiction / January Residency

Housatonic Award for Poetry / January Residency

Housatonic Award for Nonfiction / August Residency

Housatonic Award for Children & Young Adult / August Residency

Housatonic Award for Professional Writing / August Residency

Eligible Submissions

Any publisher, author, agent, or any legal representative of an author may enter a title into the appropriate award by genre. Entering the title implies the author’s willingness to attend the WCSU MFA residency indicated in the description below for the award. The honorarium is awarded in exchange for and after the completion of appearance at the appropriate residency. If the author is unable to attend the residency, the award will not be granted to the author. Another recipient will be chosen.

While the Housatonic Book Awards do not publish new work, the awards comply with the intent and spirit of the CLMP Code of Ethics:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

The Housatonic Book Awards are operated by the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University in cooperation with the MFA Alumni Writers’ Cooperative (AWC). All entries will be logged in the MFA office and screened by a panel of writers from the AWC. The winner in each category will be selected by that panel in cooperation with the MFA Coordinator.

The 2014 Housatonic Book Awards will be granted to full-length books published in the 2013 calendar year. In the Professional Writing category, books published in 2013 or work published/presented in 2013 are eligible. Please read the Guidelines with Attached Entry Form.


AWARD CATEGORIES

Housatonic Award for Fiction
Granted to a book of short or long fiction published in the previous year. The award will alternate annually between literary fiction and genre fiction; the 2014 Award will go to a title categorized as literary fiction. The Award carries a $1000 honorarium in exchange for appearing at the January residency of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University (the first week of January) to give a public reading and a one-day, three-hour workshop with MFA students. The Award also includes a $500 travel stipend and hotel stay during the residency. To enter, send a copy of the book and a check for $25 to the address that appears at the end of the Guidelines.

Housatonic Award for Poetry
Granted to a book of poetry published in the previous year. The Award carries a $1000 honorarium in exchange for appearing at the January residency of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University (the first week of January) to give a public reading and a one-day, three-hour workshop with MFA students. The Award also includes a $500 travel stipend and hotel stay during the residency. To enter, send a copy of the book and a check for $25 to the address that appears at the end of the Guidelines.

Housatonic Award for Nonfiction
Granted to a nonfiction book (including all subgenres—memoir, creative nonfiction, investigative, travel, political, science, etc., except business communications, public relations, self-help, inspirational, and reference). The Award carries a $1000 honorarium in exchange for appearing at the August residency of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University (the first week of August) to give a public reading and a one-day, three-hour workshop with MFA students. The Award also includes a $500 travel stipend and hotel stay during the residency. To enter, send a copy of the book and a check for $25 to the address that appears at the end of the Guidelines.

Housatonic Award for Literature for Children and Young Adults
Granted to a book of fiction or nonfiction for children and young adults between the ages of 8 and 16. The Award carries a $1000 honorarium in exchange for appearing at the August residency of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University (the first week of August) to give a public reading and a one-day, three-hour workshop with MFA students. The Award also includes a $500 travel stipend and hotel stay during the residency. To enter, send a copy of the book and a check for $25 to the address that appears at the end of the Guidelines.

Housatonic Award for Professional Writing
Granted to a book or a substantial article or series of articles that makes significant contributions to a field of professional writing, including but not limited to business communications, technical writing, PR/marketing, or grant writing, but not including reportorial journalism. The Award carries a $1000 honorarium in exchange for appearing at the August residency of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University (the first week of August) to give a one-day, three-hour workshop with MFA students and a one-hour Q&A session. The Award also includes a $500 travel stipend and hotel stay during the residency. To enter, send a copy of a book, an article or articles, and/or a letter describing in detail your significant professional writing activity that takes a form other than commercial publication.  Include a check for $25 to the address that appears at the end of the Guidelines.

Entry Form and Guidelines

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