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Two prizes of $5,000 each are given biennially for works of fiction and creative nonfiction. The awards, cosponsored by the Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation, are "intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan legacy of originality, vitality, and stylistic innovation." Writers who have published four books or more are ineligible. Patrick Hunt and Elizabeth McKenzie will judge in fiction; Sumbul Ali-Karamali and Hank Saroyan will judge in nonfiction. Submit three copies of a novel, a short story collection, or a work of creative nonfiction published between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013, with a $50 entry fee by January 31. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Stanford University Libraries, William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, 557 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305. (650) 736-9538. Sonia Lee, Contact.