Kansas Literary Nonfiction writers with book length works published in the past three years (2015/16/17) are eligible to win the $1,000 2018 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Literary Nonfiction. The annual award, rotating between poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction is sponsored by the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Washburn University in Topeka and there is no fee to enter.
This year's judge will be essayist, commentator, poet, playwright and memoirist Mary Swander, recently the Poet Laureate of Iowa. Swander is also the artistic director of Swander Woman Productions, and the executive director of AgArts, a non-profit designed to imagine and promote healthy food systems through the arts. Her latest book is a collection of essays called The Sunny Side from Route 3 Press.
Swander has published scores of other books, essays, magazine articles and commentaries in such places as: The Nation, National Public Radio, National Gardening Magazine, the New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Poetry.
Deadline for submission is December 31, 2017. For complete guidelines, please visit: http://www.washburn.edu/mabee/ksbookaward
The 2017 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Fiction, went to the short story collection, I was a Revolutionary by Andrew Malan Milward. A native of Lawrence, Kansas, He lives in Auburn, Alabama, where he is an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University and Fiction Editor of Southern Humanities Review.
The Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection – sponsor of the competition -- is an eclectic, inclusive set of materials dedicated to the study of Kansas literature through the state’s folklore, history, geography, flora, fauna, social fabric and culture. The holdings include novels, plays, collections of poetry and fiction, histories, biographies, memoirs, letters, scholarly articles, collected folklore, manuscripts and ephemera gathered over more than forty years.