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Literary Awards recognize Illinois writers and promote greater awareness of non-commercial publishing in the state. The award encourages Illinois not-for-profit literary magazines to publish and disseminate new work by living Illinois writers and poets. Awards are given to both the selected writers and to the magazines (print or web-based) that published their work.
Not-for-profit literary magazines are defined as those whose primary mission is to publish contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Creative non-fiction is distinguished from non-fiction by its strong narrative, literary quality as found in personal essays or memoirs. This does not include works that are predominately analytical, scholarly, or journalistic.
Companion awards of $1,000 will be given to selected Illinois writers and to the publications that nominated their work.
The applicant publication may nominate a maximum of ten works by living Illinois writers.
The FY14 deadline for Literary Awards is May 15, 2014. Applications must be successfully submitted to the IACA Slideroom system by 11:59pm on the deadline date.
To access the Literary Awards program guidelines follow this link.
For further information about the Literary Awards program, contact Susan Dickson, Director of Arts-in-Education, Ethnic and Folk Arts, and Literature Programs by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 312/814-6740.