Outstanding Literary Arts Awards Seeks Nominations Annually

2018 Nominations Open through April 15, 2019

Midwest Writing Center annually seeks nominations for the annual Literary Arts Awards. We know there are many tremendous literary advocates, educators, and writers in our community, and we are seeking the public’s help to thank and recognize them. Annually, we invite the public to nominate individuals for any and/or all these categories:

  • Outstanding Literary Arts Citizen
  • Outstanding Literary Arts Educator
  • Outstanding Literary Artist

Neither the nominee nor the nominator are required to be MWC members. MWC Members, Board Members, and Committee Members are also invited to nominate.

For each nomination, please send the name of the person nominated, the category of nomination (category information listed below), and why you believe the nominee deserves the award (limited to one 8 ½ x 11” single-spaced page, please).

Eligibility is restricted to residents of the six-county area of Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer in Illinois, and Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine in Iowa. Nominations may be emailed to mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org, or mailed to: MWC, c/o RIPL, 401 19th St., Rock Island, IL 62101.

MWC’s Board of Directors choose the winners at their regular April meeting each year. Award winners and their nominators are notified in early May and are strongly encouraged to attend MWC’s annual meeting in late May to be recognized and receive the award.

Here are the descriptions for each of the Literary Arts Awards categories:

Outstanding Literary Arts Citizen
This award will recognize an individual who advocates for and/or volunteers to promote writing, reading, and/or the literary arts in the community.

Outstanding Literary Arts Educator
This award will recognize an educator of early learners/preschoolers through secondary school and beyond who excels at teaching writing in their professional capacity.

Outstanding Literary Artist
This award will recognize someone who realized a literary arts achievement during 2018, whether publication, award-recipient, best-seller designation, or other achievement related to the literary arts. The winner is not required to be a writer, but can fill other roles such as performer, musician, or other related artist.

Please contact Ryan Collins at (309) 732-7330 if you have any questions. Thanks very much, and we look forward to reading your nominations.

Winners of the 2017 Literary Arts Awards

The Outstanding Literary Arts Citizen Award recognizes an individual who advocates and/or volunteers to promote writing, reading, and/or the literary arts in the community. This year’s winner is Steve Lackey.

The Outstanding Literary Arts Educator Award recognizes an educator of early learners/preschoolers through secondary school and beyond who excels at teaching writing in their professional capacity. This year’s winner is Chris Britton.

The Outstanding Literary Artist Award recognizes someone who realized a literary arts achievement in 2017, whether publication, award-recipient, best-seller designation, or other achievement related to the literary arts. The winner is not required to be a writer, but can fill other roles such as performer, musician, or other related artist. This year’s winner is Aubrey Barnes.

Congratulations to the nominees and the winners for their outstanding contributions to the literary arts in our community!

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