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2018 First Novel Fellowship awardees

Alicia Upano, whose hometown is Wahiawa Hawai‘i, has been named the 2018 James Jones First Novel Fellow for her novel, Big Music. Upano's manuscript was selected from more than 650 submissions. Nancy Johnson is runner-up for The Kindest Lie. Honorable mention awardees are Deborah Good for Viktor Schmitz and Megan Roberts for Life on a… Continue reading 2018 First Novel Fellowship awardees

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Lowney Handy Writing Award and Scholarship presented to Garrett Frank

On May 14, 2018, a graduating senior at Marshall High School, Marshall, Illinois, was presented with the Lowney Turner Handy Writing Award and additionally received the first cash scholarship attached to the award. Although the Award has been presented over a number of years, recipients now also receive a $500 scholarship as a result of… Continue reading Lowney Handy Writing Award and Scholarship presented to Garrett Frank

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2018 Winners of The Valentine Essay Contest

Each year, the James Jones Literary Society sponsors a contest for seniors at Marshall, Palestine and Robinson high schools in eastern Illinois. The essays are based on James Jones's short story "The Valentine," which was first published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1963 and was later included in The Ice-Cream Headache and Other Stories.… Continue reading 2018 Winners of The Valentine Essay Contest