Outstanding Literary Arts Awards Currently Seeking Nominations

Midwest Writing Center is currently seeking nominations for their 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. We are currently inviting 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).

Nominations must be received by March 20, 2018, and 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 can 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 will choose the winners at their regular March meeting. Award winners and their nominators will be notified in early April 2018, and are strongly encouraged to attend MWC’s annual meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd at 6 p.m. at Butterworth Center in Moline 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 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.

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