The Western North Carolina Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. The Award is a partnership between WNCHA and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Committee and has been presented by WNCHA since 1955. The award comes with a $2,500 cash prize.
The deadline for submission of nominated works is July 15. Anyone with knowledge of an author who meets the qualification criteria may nominate the author for the award. To be considered, an entry must be a published work of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry and meet the following criteria:
It must be a first edition work; revised editions of published works will not be considered for the award.
The publication date must be in the calendar year 2018 or no later than July 1, 2019.
The author must be a native of Western North Carolina or a resident of Western North Carolina for at least twelve months prior to the closing date for the Award.
An author may also qualify if the work submitted has a focus on or setting in Western North Carolina.
Nomination letters must specify the following eligibility criteria:
• Date of publication.
• Birthplace or residence of author.
• Setting of work.
Nominators should submit a cover letter along with three copies of the work post-marked no later than July 1 to: Wolfe Award Committee, C/O Tom Muir, Thomas Wolfe Memorial 52 N. Market St., Asheville, NC 28801.
An awards ceremony and reception, in honor of the finalists and 2019 Award recipient, will be held in November.
The Association presented the first Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Wilma Dykeman in 1955 for “The French Broad.” Charles Frazier was the recipient of the 2018 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for “Varina.”