New Writers Award

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both the office of the GLCA and its host building in Ann Arbor are closed and are not receiving packages.  We ask you to defer submitting shipments of books to the New Writers Award temporarily.  We will post an update on the website when we are ready to receive physical volumes again.  Other material will continue to be accepted electronically (nomination form and author’s signed statement of agreement). Thanks for your understanding.       

GLCA Announces 2020 Winners of the New Writers Award

The 2020 winner for Poetry is Aaron Coleman, Threat Come Close, published by Four Way Books. 

The 2020 winner for Fiction is Eric Schlich, Quantum Convention, published by University of North Texas Press. 

The 2020 winner for Creative Non-fiction is Sarah Viren, MINE: Essays, published by University of New Mexico Press.

The full announcement with judges’ statements can be found at this link:  2020 winners of the New Writers Award.   

  • The announcement of 2019 winning writers, currently visiting GLCA colleges in spring 2020, is here.
  • The full list of all NWA winners from 1970 to the present is at this link.


GLCA Now Accepting Submissions for the 2021 New Writers Award

The GLCA invites literary submissions from publishers to its New Writers Awards (NWA) 2021 competition.  For this year’s program the NWA will accept entries that bear a publication imprint of 2019 or 2020.

For the 51st year this group of thirteen independent Midwestern colleges will confer recognition on a volume of writing in each of three literary genres:  poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.  Publishers submit works on behalf of their authors; a defining criterion for this award is that a work must be an author’s firstpublished volume in the genre. Judges of the award are professors of literature and creative writing at GLCA member colleges.

Entries will be accepted beginning January 24, 2020.  To be considered for this year’s award, all entries must be postmarked no later than June 25, 2020.

Publishers should consult the following key resources in completing a submission.  


About the 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.

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.