Information on our upcoming event, Principles of Excellence in Poetry, can now be found on the Poets House website. Please follow the link below:
The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers announces four awards of $2000 each, in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and high school student writing. Only one entry is accepted from each person. The entry must be unpublished and postmarked no later than December 1st 2012. The winners will be announced towards the end of December, 2012. 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, which is $32 for students and $37 for all others — 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—see ALSCW website (alscw.org) for details about how to join the ALSCW.
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. Judges: David Curzon, Greg Delanty and
For the Meringoff Fiction award, each entry should be one story, or a chapter of
a longer work of no more than 30 pages double spaced. Judges: Colum McCann
and Rosanna Warren.
For the Meringoff Nonfiction award, each entry should be one nonfiction piece, or
a chapter of a longer work of no more than 30 pages double spaced. Judges: John
Burt and Gale Holst-Warhaft.
For the Meringoff High School Essay Award, ssubmissions should be analytical
essays by students in grades 9 through 12 dealing with works of recognized
literary merit. Papers may address style, characterization, rhetorical technique,
structure, and so on, and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels,
plays, or essays. Papers may also compare a few carefully selected works.
Each student essay should be nominated by the teacher, principal or school and
whoever nominates must be a member of the ALSCW. All submissions should
run between approximately 1,500 and 2,500 words. Please note that we do not
seek “term” papers that attempt to assess a number of works under a single rubric.
Judges: John Leonard and Elise Partridge.
All entries will be judged anonymously and will be published in Literary Imagination
or our newsletter Literary Matters. With each entry please include one copy with your
name, email address, postal address and phone number and another copy without your
name and contact information.
All Submissions should be postmarked no later than December 1, 2012
And sent to: Stephen J. Meringoff Literary Awards
Association of Literary Scholars and Writers
650 Beacon St. Suite 510
Boston MA 02215, United States
On Friday August 24, 2012, Vermont Studio Center and the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers will co-sponsor the third annual Literature in Translation Forum, presenting French poet Emmanuel Moses and his translator, poet Marilyn Hacker. The evening is open to the public and will include a talk, a joint bi-lingual reading, and a question and answer session.
From left: Antonello Borra, Greg Delanty, Geoffrey Brock, Gary Clark, Patrizia Cavalli, Annie Jacobs, 2011 LiT Forum, October 2011
Previous ALSCW/LiT Forums
The inaugural LiT Forum in September 2010, with Polish poet Adam Zagajewski and translator Clare Cavanagh, drew an audience of more than ninety people to the VSC Lowe Lecture Hall (Johnson’s historic opera house). The forum began with Zagajewski reading his poems in both their original Polish and English translations, then moved on to a discussion of their collaborative process, the back story of Adam’s poem “Try to Praise the Mutilated World” (which appeared in the New Yorker immediately following the 9/11 attacks), and a question and answer session. A recording of Zagajewski’s reading was added to VSC’s audio podcast archive, which will be made available for download or streaming.
The 2011 LiT forum featured Italian poet Patrizia Cavalli and poet and translator Geoffrey Brock. The pair presented a talk to an international audience on the challenging role of choice and decision-making within each translation, and they read not only Brock’s translations of Cavalli into English, but Cavalli’s translations of Brock into Italian. Highlights also included Cavalli reading and discussing samples from her translation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” into Italian.
The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers announces a panel
and reception entitled Principles of Excellence in Poetry, which will take
place at Poets House in New York City on September 28, 2012 at 7:00pm.
The event will be free and open to the public. A reception hosted by ALSCW
member William Louis-Dreyfus will follow.
The panel, moderated by Edward Mendelson, will include three panelists
(each speaking for ten minutes): Christopher Ricks will discuss John Crowe
Ransom’s critique of Thomas Hardy’s poetry, Jill Rosser will speak on the
poetry of John Donne, and Paul Keegan will discuss Samuel Beckett’s French
and English poems. A discussion with the audience will follow the panelists’ brief
The event will take place at Poets House – 10 River Terrace / New York, NY 10282
For further information, please contact the ALSCW Office at 617.358.1990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.