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2014 International Literary Awards

2014 International Literary Awards

Salem College Center for Women Writers


The winner in each genre will receive $1000. An honorable mention in each genre will receive $150.

Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award

for a short story up to 5000 words

Judge: Zelda Lockhart

zelda-lockhart.jpgZELDA LOCKHART is Director of LaVenson Press Studios: Inspiring Women to Self-Define Through Writing & Publishing and is award winning author of novels Fifth Born, Cold Running Creek and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. Lockhart was awarded Piedmont Laureate for Literature in North Carolina, a Barnes & Noble Discovery Award, and was finalist for both a Hurston Wright Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Lockhart is recognized nationally and abroad as an inspiring public speaker. She lives in Hillsborough on the 3.5 acres of land that she recently converted into LaVenson Press Studios, which offers a series of workshops, hosts a literary magazine and feeds participants from its organic garden. Visit Zelda Lockhart's website.

Rita Dove Poetry Award

for a poem up to 100 lines
(submit 3 poems)

Judge: Veronica Golos

veronica-golos.jpgVERONICA GOLOS is the author of two books, Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, poems from which are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi, and A Bell Buried Deep (Storyline Press, 2004), co-winner of the 16th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Edward Hirsch, and adapted for stage and performed at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. Golos’s poems are included in The Poet’s Craft, Annie Finch, Editor, 2012, University of Michigan Press; Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined, 3: A Taos Press, 2011; Bop, Strut, Dance: A Post-Blues Form for New Generations, editor Afaa Michael Weaver (awaiting publication), and in journals including Spillway, Meridians, Drunken Boat, Orion, Cimarron, Contemporary World Literature, Sin Fronteras, Verso (Paris), Poetry (London), Rattle, World Literature Magazine Spring’s Forum (Syria),, (UAE), (Iraq), (Denmark), and Maqal (Kuwait). Golos has lectured at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, Hunter College, Julliard School of Music, Regis University, University of New Mexico and Colorado State College. She is Literary Consultant for agent Heather Mitchell at New York’s Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents, Inc., Acquisitions Editor for 3:A Taos Press and co-editor of the Taos Journal of Poetry & Art.

Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award

for a work of creative nonfiction, including lyric essay, memoir, & literary journalism, up to 5000 words

Judge: Samuel Autman

samuel-autman.jpgSAMUEL AUTMAN is a member of the creative writing faculty at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he specializes in the personal essay and journalism. His essay “A Dash of Pepper in the Snow” won the Tara Masih Intercultural Essay contest sponsored by the Soul Making Literary Competition in San Francisco and appears in The Chalk Circle: Prizewinning Intercultural Essaysanthology. An autobiographical story “A Walk Through the Neighborhood,” which is excerpted from his memoir in the works, has been adapted for screen as "A Long Walk." Autman's essays have been printed in Under the Gum Tree, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction, Postcard Memoirs, I'm Black and I Travel, The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project. He is represented by the David Black Literary Agency in New York City.