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Pollard Memorial Library Foundation
Elinor Lipman Award for Writing

The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation is delighted to announce that submissions are open for the first Elinor Lipman Award for Writing.  This award honors Elinor Lipman, a distinguished, prolific and much-loved author born and raised in Lowell, by awarding a prize of $1,000 for a work of fiction or creative nonfiction written by a Lowell-based author.  Submissions are welcome on or before 11:59 pm EDT, May 20, 2022.  See below for complete eligibility and submission guidelines.

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The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation

The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that raises funds to supplement the budget provided by the City of Lowell to the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell’s public library.  This additional funding helps ensure that the Library achieves its goal of excellence in providing service to Lowell residents.

The Foundation created the Lipman Award to encourage Lowell’s residents and college students from various age groups, backgrounds, cultures, ethnic groups and neighborhoods to share their fiction and creative nonfiction work.

Elinor Lipman Award for Writing

The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation has established The Elinor Lipman Award for Writing, a competition for fiction and creative nonfiction written by a current resident of Lowell, a current student of the University of Massachusetts Lowell or a current student of Middlesex Community College.  The first of these annual awards will be bestowed in 2022.

The award pays tribute to the work of Lowell native Elinor Lipman, author of numerous novels, stories, essays and poetry for which she has received the New England Book Award for fiction, a lifetime achievement award from the New England Library Information Network, and the Paterson Fiction Prize of the Poetry Center.

The Lipman Award recognizes the importance of literacy and learning in the City of Lowell and the lives of its residents.

The Lipman Award has been funded by a generous donation from Loom Press to the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation.

Announcement for the 2022 Elinor Lipman Award for Writing is coming!  Save the Date for October 19th. More details will be posted asap.

2022 Judges


Elinor Lipman, Lead Judge

Elinor Lipman, born in Lowell and a graduate of Lowell High School, writes novels, stories, and essays, for which she has received the New England Book Award for fiction, a lifetime achievement award from the New England Library and Information Network, and the Paterson Fiction Prize of the Poetry Center. Elinor has served as the Elizabeth Drew chair in Creative Writing at Smith College in 2011-2012 and has been a fiction judge for both the National Book Award and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her recent books include Rachel to the Rescue, Good Riddance, and On Turpentine Lane. In 2008, her novel Then She Found Me was made into a film starring Helen Hunt and Bette Midler.


Gretchen Gerzina, Judge

Gretchen Gerzina is a professor of English and the Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has received a Fulbright Scholar award and two National Endowment for the Humanities grants. Besides being an author and editor, she is a speaker, panelist, and podcaster in high demand in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom. She is the author or editor of nine books, including Britain’s Black Past, Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, And Little Lord Fauntleroy, and Mr. And Mrs. Prince: How An Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved Out Of Slavery And Into Legend, with 2 more in progress.


Pilar Garcia-Brown, Judge

Pilar Garcia-Brown is a Senior Editor at Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Previously, she worked at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for seven years. She concentrates on fiction in multiple categories, as well as the occasional narrative nonfiction. Recent and forthcoming titles include: the instant New York Times bestseller Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour; Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage; The Very Nice Box by Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman; All Day is a Long Time by David Sanchez; In Sensorium by TanaĂŻs; and NBCC award winner You Play the Girl by Carina Chocano, among others. She is a mentor through the Representation Matters Mentorship Program and was co-chair of the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Fete Committee. She’s from Los Angeles and lives in Brooklyn.

Contact

For any questions, please email LipmanAward@gmail.com.