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Who can apply?

Authors must be at least 18 years of age or older and a current resident of Lowell, a current student of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, or a current student of Middlesex Community College.

Who is ineligible?

Works by staff of the Pollard Memorial Library, Pollard Memorial Library trustees, board members of the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible for this award.

What works are eligible?

Works of fiction (short story, partial novel) and creative nonfiction (memoir, personal essay, or journalism) are eligible for consideration. Only unpublished works up to 7,000 words and predominantly in English may be submitted. Each submitted work must have only one author and that author must meet the eligibility requirements.

Can I submit more than one entry?

Authors may submit one work for consideration.

What is the deadline?

Entries must be received on or before 11:59 pm EDT, May 20, 2022.

What requirements must I fulfill to be considered for the Elinor Lipman Award?

All entries must meet the following requirements:

  • On the cover page include only:
    • your name,
    • your phone number,
    • your current home address,
    • your email address,
    • if applicable: your current student affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Lowell or Middlesex Community College (year and program);
    • the title of your entry.
  • Do not include your name, phone number, home address, email address or student affiliation or any other personally identifiable information on any other page.
  • The title of the work and a page number should appear on every page of the work.
  • The work must be submitted in a Microsoft Word file, double-spaced and typed in Times, Helvetica, or equivalent font, no smaller than 12 point in size.
  • The limit for the submitted work is 7,000 words.

These requirements as well as agreeing to the terms and conditions are required as part of the entry submission process.

Is an entry fee required?

No entry fee is required.

What is the award?

The award’s prize is $1,000, awarded to a single author whose work is selected by the judges in their sole discretion.

When will the winner be announced?

The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation expects to announce the winner in October 2022.

Terms & Conditions

The following provisions govern the 2022 Elinor Lipman Award for Writing:

The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation, in collaboration with the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, Massachusetts, will be responsible for all aspects of the administration of the Lipman Award;

A $1,000 prize will be awarded for a single work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Poetry and other literary forms will not be considered;

Only unpublished works predominantly in English may be submitted.  Each submitted work must have only one author and that author must meet the eligibility requirements;

Only works written by an adult who is a current resident of Lowell, a current student of the University of Massachusetts Lowell or a current student of Middlesex Community College will be considered;

Works by staff of the Pollard Memorial Library, Pollard Memorial Library trustees, board members of the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation, or previous winners are not eligible;

Only completed entries received on or before 11:59 pm EDT, May 20, 2022 will be considered;

All entries must comply with the entry form requirements and be submitted through the entry form;

Three judges selected by the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation will choose the winner in their sole discretion;

The decision of the judges and the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation is final;

The award winner’s name will be listed on the Pollard Memorial Library’s page of the Library’s website;

The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation and/or the Pollard Memorial Library may publish the winner’s name, winner’s likeness, student’s affiliation and/or all or parts of the winning work in any medium;

By submitting a work, the submitter hereby grants the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation and the Pollard Memorial Library the perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and license to copy, distribute, excerpt, make derivative works, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and make recordings of all or any part of the work submitted, alone or with other works, or have the foregoing done,  for purposes in any way related to the judging, awarding or marketing of the Elinor Lipman Award, and the submitter represents and warrants that the submitter:

  • is an individual and an adult;
  • is the sole author of the work being submitted;
  • meets the eligibility criteria; and
  • has the right to grant the rights and licenses set forth above and such rights and licenses are not subject to, nor will they interfere with, any rights of any other individual, entity or government.

In order to receive the prize, the winner will fill out any tax or other forms and will be solely responsible for reporting the prize to any tax authority as well as paying any taxes that may become due.

The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation reserves the right to change the terms and conditions without notice; however any submission will be subject to the terms and conditions in effect at the time of its submission.