New Writers Award

GLCA Announces 2021 Winners of the New Writers Award

The 2021 winner for Poetry is Marianne Chan, All Heathens, published by Sarabande Books. 

The 2021 winner for Fiction is Gabriel Bump, Everywhere You Don’t Belong, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

The 2021 winner for Creative Non-fiction is Nina Boutsikaris, I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry, published by Black Lawrence Press.

The full announcement with judges’ statements can be found at this link:  2021 winners of the New Writers Award.   

  • The announcement of 2020 winning writers, is here.
  • The full list of all NWA winners from 1970 to the present is at this link.


GLCA Now Accepting Submissions for the 2022 New Writers Award

The GLCA invites literary submissions from publishers to its New Writers Awards (NWA) 2022 competition.  For this year’s program the NWA will accept entries that bear a publication imprint of 2020 or 2021.

For the 52nd 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 now be accepted.  To be considered for this year’s award, all entries must be postmarked no later than June 25, 2021.

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 ([email protected]), Director of the New Writers Award, or Colleen Monahan Smith ([email protected]), New Writers Award Associate, via email or at 734.661.2350.