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Announcing the 2016 ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards, Deadline Oct. 15

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers announces three awards of $2,000 each, in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Only one entry is accepted from each person. All entries must be previously unpublished. The winning entries will be published in either Literary Imagination or Literary Matters. All entries must be postmarked not later than October 15, 2016. The winners will be announced early in 2016. There is no entry fee for current members of The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. For everyone else membership in the ALSCW is required — all members will receive the annual three issues of our literary journal/magazine Literary Imagination, and our newsletter, as well as being able to attend our conferences and local gatherings.

• For the Meringoff Poetry Award, each entry can be one poem, or a group of poems that add up to no more than 150 lines. The Meringoff Poetry Award will be judged by Greg Delanty and David Curzon.

• For the Meringoff Fiction Award, each entry should be one story, or a chapter of a longer work of no more than 25 pages double spaced.

• For the Meringoff Nonfiction Award, each entry should be one nonfiction piece, or a chapter of a longer work of no more than 25 pages double spaced.

All entries will be judged anonymously. Please include THREE COPIES of your entry with your name, email address, postal address and phone number ON ONLY ONE OF THEM. All Submissions should be postmarked not later than December 1, 2016, to:

ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards
Marist Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20064



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Announcing the 2016 Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest, Deadline June 15

In accord with the wish of the ALSCW to foster and recognize excellence in the critically important area of student writing of analytical essays at the secondary school level, the ALSCW invites submissions of analytical essays by students in grades 9 through 12 dealing with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine style, characterization, rhetorical technique, structure, and so on, and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works.

The judges value lucid and lively expression, conceptual maturity, and argumentation that is developed from compelling and careful attention to specific passages. They do not seek term/research papers, but hope to receive carefully crafted interpretive and analytical essays of 1500 to 2500 words. Essays written in fulfillment of school assignments are welcome.

The winning essay will be published in Literary Matters, the online quarterly publication of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, and the winning contestant will receive an award of $1,500.

To be eligible for the prize, students must be a member of the ALSCW or be sponsored by a teacher or high school that is an ALSCW member. For information about joining the ALSCW, go to www.alscw.org.

Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2016. Three copies of each entry (only one with the student's name on it) must be sent WITH THE DOWNLOADABLE ENTRY FORM (see below) to:

ALSCW Meringoff Writing Awards
Marist Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20064