Applications Due for Tribal Writers Award

The Great Plains Writers' Conference, one of the SDHC 2016 first round grantees, is accepting applications through Feb. 1 for the Emerging Tribal Writers Award. The organization announced the application dates on their Facebook page in November. 

Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer Award 2016

The Great Plains Writers’ Conference, in cooperation with South Dakota State University’s American Indian Studies Program and American Indian Education and Cultural Center, sponsors an annual award to encourage tribal writers in the early phases of their writing lives and to honor those of extraordinary merit and promise.

The 2016 winner, judged by the SDSU English Department, AIS and AIECC, will receive an award of $500 and be invited to read at the Great Plains Writers’ Conference at SDSU in March 2016.

WHO CAN SUBMIT: Tribally-enrolled writers in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Nebraska who have not yet published a book of creative writing.

WORK ACCEPTED: Fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, or the screenplay (20 double-spaced pages maximum) or poetry (15 pages maximum).

LOGISTICS: Send materials to arrive by February 1, 2016 to Emerging Tribal Writers Award, English Department, South Dakota State University, Pugsley Center 301/Campus Box 2218, Brookings, SD 57007.

There is no entry fee. Finalists will be asked to demonstrate tribal enrollment to the AIS and AIECC.

For queries or to submit electronically, email contact SDSU April Myrick at