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.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year the Library of Virginia grants a Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize outstanding and long-lasting contributions to literature by a Virginian. The 2013 recipient is CHARLES WRIGHT, a celebrated poet, who has published numerous collections of poems, including Outtakes (2010), Sestets: Poems (2009), Littlefoot: A Poem (2008), Scar Tissue (2007), The Wrong End of the Rainbow(2005), Buffalo Yoga (2004), Negative Blue (2000), Appalachia (1998), Chickamauga (1995), The World of the Ten Thousand Things: Poems 1980–1990 (1990), Zone Journals (1988), Country Music: Selected Early Poems (1983), and Hard Freight (1973).View Past Finalists and Winners for the Lifetime Achievement Award
Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry
The Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry, established in 2005, is awarded 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 achievement in the field of poetry. There is no formal application process or competition. Selection and notification of the annual prize will be made by a three-member Board of Curators.
Annual People's Choice Awards
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.
Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award
The Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award is named in honor of author and journalist Mary Lynn Kotz, a longtime contributing editor for ARTnews magazine, who has built a career interviewing, researching, writing, and lecturing about art and artists—among them Georgia O’Keeffe and John Cage. Her critically acclaimed book Rauschenberg/Art and Life (Abrams) balances deft observations of craft with a biographer’s chronicle of the American artist’s (1925-2008) innovations, experiences, and extensive collaborations. A best-selling author with four other nonfiction books, for years Mrs. Kotz has spoken publicly and passionately to arts and literary organizations and general audiences about the need for clear, exciting writing about art. Through her tireless service to cultural institutions and initiatives, including many in her beloved Virginia, Kotz has shown a lifelong commitment to making the arts a vital and illuminating presence in our society. This award is given jointly by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
An eligible book, which may be in a variety of genres of prose or poetry, must have been published in the previous calendar year, in English, and in the United States. Each year a panel of judges composed of authorities in the fields of the visual arts and literature will examine the nominated works and select the finalists and the award winner.
Entry forms can be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via surface mail to:
The Library of Virginia Literary Awards
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219-8000