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The 2013 New Hampshire Literary Awards GUIDELINES

In recognition of the rich and varied literary talent in the Granite State, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project will present the eleventh New Hampshire Literary Awards at a special reception and ceremony in November in Manchester. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for nominations has been extended to July 15th. Awards will be given in the following categories:

• Outstanding Work of Fiction
• Outstanding Book of Poetry
• Outstanding Work of Nonfiction
• Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature
• Outstanding Young Adult Book
• Donald M. Murray Outstanding Journalism Award
• Outstanding Book-Cover Design Award
• Lifetime Achievement

Nominations are encouraged and welcome from everyone, including writers, publishers, organizations, and the general public. Self-nominations are also welcome.

2013 New Hampshire Literary Award Categories

OUTSTANDING WORK OF FICTION
Awarded to a writer for a book of fiction published June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013. This may be a novel or a collection of short stories and may focus on a particular genre, such as mystery or science fiction.


OUTSTANDING BOOK OF POETRY
Awarded to a poet for an outstanding book or chapbook of poetry published June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013. 

OUTSTANDING WORK OF NONFICTION
Awarded to a writer for a book of nonfiction published June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013. This may be creative nonfiction, biography, memoir, historical nonfiction, or books that focus on travel, education, and other nonfiction subjects.

OUTSTANDING WORK OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Awarded to a writer for a work of children’s literature (picture book, chapter book) published June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013.

OUTSTANDING YOUNG ADULT BOOK
Awarded to a writer for a work of young adult literature (fiction or nonfiction) published June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013. 

DONALD M. MURRAY OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM AWARD 
Awarded to a journalist for work published June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013. Work submitted should consist of articles, essays, or columns published in newspapers or magazines, in print or online, and may include investigative journalism, news stories, feature stories, creative nonfiction, biography, historical nonfiction, and works on travel, education, and other nonfiction subjects. Nominees should submit up to five pieces. This award is given in honor of Donald M. Murray, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who died in 2006.

OUTSTANDING BOOK-COVER DESIGN
Awarded to an artist, a designer, or a publisher for book-cover design (for fiction, poetry, nonfiction, children’s, young adult) published June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
This award will be given to a major figure in the New Hampshire literary world whose contributions to the literary landscape are deemed to be particularly outstanding. It is not necessary to submit books or published work with this nomination. However, if work is submitted, only one copy of each book or published work is needed.

Information and Requirements

Nominations are encouraged and welcome from everyone, including writers, publishers, organizations, and the general public. Self-nominations are also welcome. (See exceptions below.) 

To be eligible for an award, nominees must (1) live in New Hampshire or (2) be a New Hampshire native or (3) deal with subject matter that is deemed by judges to be inherently connected to New Hampshire.

Nominations will be accepted only for work published in a first edition June 1, 2011, to May 31, 2013. Self-published works will be considered. Books nominated must be published (printed, not photocopied) with at least 200 copies in print.

All nominations must include three copies of the book or work nominated. This requirement is waived only for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Although publishers may be willing to provide a nominator (the person nominating someone for an award) with these copies, it is the responsibility of the nominator to obtain three copies before submitting the nomination form to NHWP. Books will not be returned, nor will copies of published articles.

All nominators (including those who nominate themselves for an award) will remain anonymous to the judges. Except for the Lifetime Achievement Award, winners will be chosen based only on the work submitted for the award, not on career achievements, past awards, or prior publications. An individual may be nominated in more than one category. NHWP reserves the right not to give out an award in a particular category or categories if the judges deem this decision appropriate.

A public announcement of the award recipients will be made prior to the awards ceremony in November. All nominees will receive a letter announcing the award winners.

Submission Requirements
Please submit the following:

(1) a completed nomination form;
(2) three copies of the book (for the journalism award, three copies of the published articles, essays, or columns);
(3) a $50 nomination fee (payable to NHWP) to cover administrative costs.

FOR OUTSTANDING Work OF FICTION, NONFICTION, CHILDREN’S LITERATURE, YOUNG ADULT, 
POETRY, BOOK-COVER DESIGN:
1) List the name of the nominee, title of the book submitted, and the corresponding publication date(s) and name(s) of publisher(s).
Briefly answer the following:
2) Is the writer (a) a resident of New Hampshire, (b) a native of New Hampshire, or (c) the author of a work inherently 
connected to New Hampshire?
3) What distinguishes this work as deserving of a New Hampshire Literary Award?

FOR THE DONALD M. MURRAY OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM AWARD
List name of the nominee, identify title of each piece and date and name of publication. Collate copies of articles, essays, or columns into three packets and fasten each with a binder clip (no staples please). 
Briefly answer the following:
2) Is the writer (a) a resident of New Hampshire, (b) a native of New Hampshire, or (c) the author of a work inherently connected to New Hampshire?
3) What distinguishes this work as deserving of a New Hampshire Literary Award?

FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT:
1) If you are submitting work, please list the title(s) of the work submitted and corresponding publication date(s). Resumes and publication credits are also welcome. Please note that you need to include only one copy of any supporting material submitted for this nomination. Fasten nonbook supporting material together with a binder clip (no staples please).
 
2) Summarize the contributions and accomplishments that make the nominee uniquely deserving of an award for Lifetime Achievement. You may attach up to two double-spaced pages in support of this nomination.
Please note that all nominators will remain anonymous to the judges.

Books and materials submitted will not be returned.

Please mail to:
New Hampshire Writers’ Project
2500 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03106
Postmark Deadline: July 15, 2013

THE 2013 NEW HAMPSHIRE LITERARY AWARDS NOMINATION FORM
 
Please copy and paste this form then complete.

This nomination is for (please circle one):
 
Outstanding Work of Fiction
Outstanding Book of Poetry
Outstanding Work of Nonfiction
Outstanding Work of Children’s Literature
Outstanding Young Adult Book
Donald M. Murray Outstanding Journalism Award
Outstanding Book-Cover Design
Lifetime Achievement

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Title of Nominated Work (if applicable)

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All nominations must be postmarked by July 15, 2013.
Each submission must include a $50 administrative fee payable to NHWP.