Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I was just made aware of this award -- go ahead, nominate your favorite workshop teacher! Or anyone--you must have a writer in your heart who helped you over a hump or who you think deserves some recognition. It's super-easy to nominate, just send an email.
here's the whole scoop:
Beyond The Margins
ABOVE & BEYOND AWARD
"I saw her rarely over the years, but each time our paths crossed she
threw her arms around me as if I were exactly the person she was
hoping would round the corner. I'm sure there are hundreds of people
who felt that way because her attention to each of us was so special,
so individual, so generous!"
Elizabeth Winthrop on Grace Paley
By Kathy Crowley
Tayari Jones calls Judy Blume her fairy godmother.
Stephen King chucked his manuscript for Carrie in the trash; his
writer-wife Tabitha King plucked it out.
Harper Lee traveled to Kansas with Truman Capote, playing a crucial
role in his research for In Cold Blood.
When Raymond Carver was young, poor and unknown, John Gardner gave him
the keys to his office so that Carver could write (and sleep) there on
We have all benefited immeasurably from the generosity of other
writers, people who have given their time, labor, money and care to
further the work of fellow writers. As we approach the second
anniversary of Beyond the Margins' first post, we'd like to
acknowledge this important part of our writing lives.
So, we're inviting your nominations for Beyond The Margins' 1st Annual ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD!
Sponsored by: BEYONDTHEMARGINS.com
Who can be nominated?
Any writer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help
fellow writers. Extra editing, mentoring, putting writers in touch
with each other, putting writers in touch with agents and editors,
running classes for young people and seniors, organizing readings: If
there¹s someone you know who has done one or more or all of these
things, we want to hear about it. Workshop leaders or class
instructors are eligible, but no formal teaching position is required.
(BTM authors and family members are ineligible, though their family
members certainly deserve an award.)
Who can nominate?
You! And any other writer out there who feels inspired to do so. The
only people who cannot send in nominations are BTM members. (And their
How to nominate?
Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include
your name and contact information, the name and contact information of
the nominee (email address is fine), any formal affiliations or
publications of that person, plus a brief (250 words) description of
how you know this person and what makes him/her such an exceptional
contributor to other writers. (Please do not send books, articles or
other publications belonging to you or the nominee.)
Any time between December 1st and December 31st, 2011. Winners will be
announced in mid-January 2012.
Though kindness is its own reward, we'll garnish it with a glowing
Beyond The Margins write-up on the winner, plus a beautiful
paperweight-type Above & Beyond award of some yet-to-be-determined
size, weight and design.
So: who made the difference for you?