First Literary Awards in Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania


Attention writers of southeastern Pennsylvania: Pennwriters Area 6 member and GLVWG Author Advocacy Chair Melanie Gold shares the following press release concerning literary awards for writers in our region:


Contact: Melanie Gold, Author Advocacy Chair
MelanieInPA [at] aol [dot] com
Angel Ackerman, President
creative.angel [at] rcn [dot] com


On Friday, July 24, 2009, 6:30-10:30 p.m., the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) will host the 2009 GLVWG Literary Awards at the Riverview Country Club in Easton. The awards program, developed to recognize excellence in published works by its members, is a first-of-its-kind program, both within the organization and in the Lehigh Valley region.

Awards will be given in 6 out of 10 possible categories (see below), including Lifetime Achievement, a distinction given to a published writer who has also served GLVWG and the community. While formal judging determines the winners of the 5 literary categories, GLVWG members select among 5 nominated authors for the Lifetime Achievement award.

The agenda for the GLVWG Literary Awards will include cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down dinner with dessert, opening comments from Randall Forte, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, awards presentation, Chinese auction, and concluding social time. The event is open to the public for $36 per person. Reserve your spot by visiting No refunds after July 15, 2009.

2009 GLVWG Literary Awards

Fiction – Book Length
John Evans, The Cut, BeachHouse Books
Fern J. Hill, Charley’s Choice, Infinity Publishing
Bernadette Sukley, A Saving Hurricane, Booklocker

Essay, Blog, Web site
Becky Ann Bartlett, “Teachable Moments,” GreenPrints
Kathryn W. Craft, “The Boys, Harry Potter and Me,” Central PA Magazine
Mitzi Flyte, “Love Pats,” The Ultimate Cat Lover

Novellas, Short Stories
Mitzi Flyte, “Deadly Inked,” Deadly Ink Anthology

Elizabeth Banks, “The Write Words,” various newsletters
Melanie Gold, “Relaunch Your Career,” ePregnancy Magazine
Rachel Thompson, “For the Book List: The Other Side of History,” The Bethlehem News

Elizabeth Banks, “A National Tragedy, Tuesday’s Tears”
Elizabeth Bodien, Plumb Lines

Lifetime Achievement
Kathryn W. Craft
Fern J. Hill
Bill Marley
Katherine Ramsland
Janet Salvage


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