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Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

2013 New Writers Award Winners

GLCA New Writers Award Winners for 2013 Contest

The Great Lakes Colleges Association is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 GLCA New Writers Award for fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Now in its 44th year, the New Writers Award confers recognition on promising writers who have published a first volume in one of the three genres. Winning writers receive invitations to visit GLCA member colleges, where they give readings, meet and talk about writing with students and faculty members.

The 2013 winner for fiction is Ismet Prcic (ISS-met PER-sick), Shards, a novel, published by Black Cat, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic.

The 2013 winner for poetry is Rowan Ricardo Phillips, The Ground, published by Farrar Straus Giroux .

The 2013 winner for creative non-fiction is Benjamin Busch, Dust to Dust: A Memoir, published by Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins.

Judges of the New Writers Awards are faculty members of GLCA's member colleges.

Judges for the 2013 poetry award were:

  • David Caplan, Ohio Wesleyan University;
  • Jennifer Clarvoe, Kenyon College; and
  • Pablo Peschiera, Hope College,

The judges for the 2013 fiction award were:

  • Peter Grandbois, Denison University;
  • Jennifer Hayward, College of Wooster; and
  • Kirk Nesset, Allegheny College.

Judges for the 2013 award in creative non-fiction were:

  • Nels Christensen, Albion College;
  • Melinda Rhodes, Ohio Wesleyan University; and
  • Lili Wright, DePauw University.

For more information on the New Writers Award, please contact Gregory Wegner, director of the New Writers Award ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or Maryann Hafner, coordinator of the New Writers Award ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Additional information is available on the GLCA web site: http://glca.org/images/2013%20New%20Writers%20Award%20Winners%201-22-13.pdf