New Writers Award

The GLCA New Writers Award was founded in 1970 as a program to enrich the environment of literary creativity and expression for students and faculty members of GLCA member colleges. The program focuses on writers, typically in early stages of a literary career, who have published a first volume in fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction.

Judges of the award are faculty members of creative writing and literature at GLCA’s 13 member colleges. Each year the winning writers in the three categories receive invitations to visit several GLCA colleges, where they give readings, meet with students and faculty, sign books, and often visit a creative writing class.

Students and faculty alike benefit from engagement in this program. As one faculty member who has served as a judge has written:

I have found it invaluable to bring GLCA New Writers Award winners to campus to visit classes, give readings, and have dinner with small groups of students. It is an extraordinary opportunity and very inspiring for budding writers to read new excellent work in the genre they’re studying and then get to engage with the writer in deeply meaningful ways. Students often let me know this is the kind of experience they’d hoped to have in choosing a small liberal arts school.

Nominations should come from the publisher and should emphasize literary excellence. Please consult the guidelines for the New Writers Award in the link below. Publishers interested in finding out more about this award can contact Gregory Wegner, Director of the New Writers Award, or Colleen Monahan Smith, New Writers Award Associate, via email or at 734.661.2350.

Invitation and Guidelines for 2019-20

2019 Award Winners

2018 Award Winners

List of All Award Winners