November 19, 2017

Stanford University Libraries Helps Establish Writing Prize for New Authors

By LJ Staff

The Stanford University Libraries have announced the launch of writing prize
to acknowledge new writers. The award, which will be administered in partnership
with the William Saroyan Foundation, will be known as the William Saroyan International Prize for
Writing
. It will be awarded for newly published works including novels,
short stories, dramas, or memoirs. Stanford officials say the prize, now planned
as a biennial event, is meant to encourage new or emerging writers. The entry
period for the first prize will be run through January 31, 2003. The prize
carries a cash award of $12,500.

The Stanford library is the custodian of Saroyan’s literary archive. An
Armenian-American writer and playwright, Saroyan was best known for his humorous
short stories about the experiences of immigrant families and children in
California. “We see the Saroyan Writing Prize as an integral activity in our
custodianship of the Saroyan archive,” said Stanford University Librarian
Michael A. Keller. Stanford officials say they hope the award–to be announced
in spring 2003–will eventually rival such notable literary awards as the
PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction, the National Book Award, and the National Book
Critics Circle Award.

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