|The Library of Virginia Literary Awards are given to outstanding Virginia authors in the areas of poetry, fiction, nonfiction (and, in the case of nonfiction, also by any author about a Virginia subject), and literary lifetime achievement. These are juried awards and winners in each category receive a cash prize and an engraved crystal book.
The Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry, founded in 2005, is given each year to a poet with strong connections to central Virginia. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes significant recent contributions to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievements in the field of poetry. Also awarded at the Celebration are the Annual People’s Choice Awards for the best works of fiction and nonfiction by a Virginia author and the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature. Our newest award, the Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature, will encompass many forms of writing, including poetry, history, journalism, fiction, biography, and museum exhibition catalogs.
The Annual People’s Choice Awards were established in 2004 to give readers an opportunity to share their enthusiasm for favorite works by Virginia authors. An independent panel of judges selects finalists for the People’s Choice Awards from the books nominated for the annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. The People’s Choice winners are chosen by readers voting in public libraries and bookstores, as well as online. The winners each receive a cash prize and an engraved crystal book.
The Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature is named in honor of Mary Lynn Kotz, an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, who, as an art patron, has herself created or sponsored important art writing and journalism awards. It is a joint collaboration between two of America’s most prestigious institutions: the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The award, which will be presented to its first recipient in October 2013, will encompass many forms of writing, including poetry, history, journalism, fiction, biography, and museum exhibition catalogs. For a printable nomination form, click here!
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