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Archive November 2011

Ruth Stone, a poet who received several major awards late in her decades-long career, has passed away.

The Story Prize, the annual twenty-thousand-dollar award for a short story collection, closed its 2011 competition entry pool earlier this month—and now its blog is offering a close look at the writers whose books were nominated.

Beginning next fall the childhood home of author and humorist James Thurber will open its doors annually to one writer for a monthlong retreat.

Midwestern indie press Milkweed Editions has recently launched a new prize for poetry, open exclusively to poets currently residing in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

It was a big evening for poetry last night on Wall Street.

Twenty-nine-year-old Mexico City fiction writer Majo Ramírez has been awarded the second biennial Aura Estrada Prize, an honor that affords a young Spanish-language writer money, publication, and up to eight months of time at writers colonies in Italy, Mexico, and the United States.

Up against competition that included debut novels by Benjamin Hale, who recently won the Bard Fiction Prize, and Orange Prize winner Téa Obreht, Irish author Lucy Caldwell won this year's Dylan Thomas Prize for her second novel, The Meeting Point (Faber and Faber, 2011).

Twenty-eight-year old novelist Benjamin Hale adds the Bard Fiction Prize to his list of honors.

Another deadline extension came across our desks this week, for a story contest offering publication to a female-identified writer of any nationality.

Each summer Robert Frost's New Hampshire farmhouse, nestled on a country road with a view of the White Mountains, opens up to one resident poet.

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