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Danbury's WestConn Launches Housatonic Book Awards

Danbury's Western Connecticut State University will sponsor the first Housatonic Book Awards this year.
Danbury's Western Connecticut State University will sponsor the first Housatonic Book Awards this year. Photo Credit: File

DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury's Western Connecticut State University is now accepting nominations for the first Housatonic Book Awards.

The awards will honor one recipient each in the areas of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for middle grades and young adults, and professional writing.

Any author, publisher or literary agent may nominate a title in any of the five genres prior to the June 15 deadline.

The mission of the awards is to promote excellent writing, to identify authors who serve as professional role models for writing students, and to develop the WCSU Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing program scholarship fund.

“We are happy to help build our new scholarship fund, which will support students in the M.F.A. program financially and help to build enrollment,” Ron Samul, president of the Alumni Writers Cooperative, said in a statement. “It is also important that the awards will bring five excellent writers to Danbury each year for public appearances.”

Recipients of the awards will appear on the WCSU campus in January and August during the M.F.A. program’s residency periods.

Nomination guidelines are available online at housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com/ .

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