SF Foundation Awards

The other day when I mentioned I wanted to apply for an award, I should have offered more details….After all, it’s nice to share, and if you don’t already know about this one, you might want to apply. The San Francisco Foundation every year sponsors a set of literary awards for youngish California writers… More:

The Joseph Henry Jackson, James Duval Phelan, & Mary Tanenbaum Awards are offered annually to promising young California writers. The awards are sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation and administered by Intersection for the Arts.

Manuscripts from eligible young authors are invited for two $2,000 literary awards and one $3,000 literary award.

All applicants must be between 20 and 35 years of age on March 31, 2007.

Joseph Henry Jackson Award
Applicants for the 50th annual Joseph Henry Jackson Award must be residents of and currently living in northern California (anywhere in California north of the line dividing Monterery County from San Luis Obispo County) or the state of Nevada for three consecutive years immediately prior to the March 31 contest deadline. The unpublished work-in-progress submitted may be fiction (novel or short stories), nonfictional prose, graphic novel, or poetry.

James Duval Phelan Award
Applicants for the 70th annual James D. Phelan Award must have been born in the state of California but need not be current residents. The unpublished work-in-progress submitted may be fiction (novel or short stories), nonfictional prose, poetry, graphic novel, or drama. Plays may be submitted in standard script format.

Mary Tanenbaum Award for Nonfiction
Originally established in memory of Joseph Henry Jackson, the Mary Tanenbaum Award recognizes outstanding nonfictional prose. Applicants must be residents of and currently living in northern California (anywhere in California north of the line dividing Monterery County from San Luis Obispo County) for three consecutive years immediately prior to the March 31 contest deadline.

A couple things I like about these awards: 1) It’s free to apply. 2) the maximum submission is 40 pages, so you can submit the beginning of a work-in-progress 3) there’s a nonfiction award (somewhat of a rarity) 4) submissions of graphic novels are acceptable, too, (maybe more of a rarity) and 5) they ask for submissions to be double sided to save paper (something more lit mags and awards programs should allow or demand).

For more info and an application form visit The Intersection for the Arts’ website. The deadline is coming up…about 2 weeks!

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