Meringoff Awards

Announcing the Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest,
Deadline June 15, 2014

In accord with the wish of the ALSCW to foster and recognize
excellence in the critically important area of student writing of
analytical essays at the secondary school level, the ALSCW invites
submissions of analytical essays by students in grades 9 through 12
dealing with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine
style, characterization, rhetorical technique, structure, and so on,
and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or
essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works.

The judges value lucid and lively expression, conceptual maturity, and
argumentation that is developed from compelling and careful attention
to specific passages. They do not seek term/research papers, but hope
to receive carefully crafted interpretive and analytical essays of
1500 to 2500 words. Essays written in fulfillment of school
assignments are welcome.

The winning essay will be published in Literary Matters, the online
quarterly publication of the Association of Literary Scholars,
Critics, and Writers, and the winning contestant will receive an award
of $1,500.

To be eligible for the prize, students must be affiliated with the
ALSCW or with a teacher or high school that is an ALSCW member. For information about joining the ALSCW, go to

Deadline for entries is June 15, 2014. Three copies of each entry should be sent to:

ALSCW High School Writing Award
Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
650 Beacon St., Suite 510
Boston, MA 02215

Announcing the Meringoff Awards

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers announces three awards of $2000 each, in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Only one entry is accepted from each person. All entries should be previously unpublished. The entry must be postmarked not later than December 1st, 2013. The winner will be announced early in 2014. 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— 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.

• 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. The judge for the poetry is Greg Delanty.
• For the Meringoff Fiction award, each entry should be one story, or a chapter of a longer work of no more than 25 pages double spaced.
• For the Meringoff Nonfiction award, each entry should be one nonfiction piece, or a chapter of a longer work of no more than 25 pages double spaced.

All entries will be judged anonymously. Please include one copy of your entry with your name, email address, postal address and phone number, and a second copy without your name and contact information.

All Submissions should be postmarked not later than December 1, 2013

Stephen J. Meringoff Literary Contests
Association of Literary Scholars and Writers
650 Beacon St. Suite 510
Boston MA 02215
United States