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.

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2022 award.  Please check our website in early 2022 for information about next year’s award.   

Winners of the 2022 award will be announced in January of 2022.   

Marianne Chan gives a reading of All Heathens at Wabash College

Photo Credit: Jacob Paige

“Marianne read numerous pieces from her book “All Heathens” with a subsequent short Question and Answer portion. I’m grateful that she felt it pertinent to visit Wabash, as it’s an atmosphere like no other for those unfamiliar. The liberal arts education flourishes because artists like Marianne present us with a one-of-a-kind perspective; one that we would miss out on entirely if she wasn’t motivated to share, to write, to read, and to love.” – Jacob Paige, Wabash Class of 2023



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.