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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.
Literary Awards are given to those publications whose primary mission is to publish contemporary poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Creative non-fiction (CNF) is distinguished from non-fiction by its strong narrative and literary quality as found in personal essays or memoirs. CNF does not include work that is 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 FY15 deadline for Literary Awards is February 9, 2015. 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: http://arts.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/content/program-forms/LIA%20FY15%20Guidelines.pdf :
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.