NeMLA Creative Writing Awards

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Creative Writing Award

The award will be given for a presentation given at the previous Convention on a Creative Session. Please email submissions to with “NeMLA Creative Award Submission” as the subject line. The deadline is December 15.

Book Award

Our Annual Book Award includes an award for the best unpublished book of fiction in English. Manuscripts cannot be under review at a press. The deadline is December 1.

Please see our Annual Book Award page for more information on how to apply.

Judge for the Creative Awards

Professor Jean McGarry is Elliott Coleman Professor at John Hopkins University and the author of nine books of fiction, among them the novel The Courage of Girls (Rutgers University Press) and the short story collection Dream Date (JHU Press). Her 2006 novel, A Bad and Stupid Girl (University of Michigan Press), received the University of Michigan Fiction Prize.  Her most recent book, No Harm Done, a collection of stories, was published in 2017 by Dalkey Archive Press. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Yale Review, Boulevard, The Southwest Review, and others.