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Chaffin Award

Thomas and Lille D. Chaffin Award

The Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing provides students the opportunity to interact with a published writer who is writing from the region. The award, which includes a cash prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers in all genres. During the award ceremony readers read from their work and will often present a craft talk, teach a workshop, or speak about writing as an Appalachian.


Nominations

Each year nominations are accepted between September 1st and December 1st.  Information regarding the nominee and four copies of a book written by the nominee should be sent to:

Dr. Tom Williams
UPO 630
Department of English
Morehead State University
Morehead, KY 40351
 

Past Award Recipients 

  • 2016: Rose McLarney
  • 2015: Charles Dodd White
  • 2014: George Ella Lyon and Scott McClanahan
  • 2013: Dr. Jesse Graves
  • 2012: Donald Ray Pollock
  • 2011: Alex Taylor
  • 2010: Ann Pancake
  • 2009: Mark Powell
  • 2008: Diane Gilliam
  • 2007: Erik Reece
  • 2006: Sharon Hatfield
  • 2005: Ron Rash
  • 2004: John Sparks
  • 2003: Silas House
  • 2002: Crystal Wilkinson
  • 2001: Karen McElmurray
  • 2000: Denise Giardina
  • 1999: Chris Offutt
  • 1998: Sharyn McCrumb
  • 1997: Chris Holbrook
  • 1996: James Still
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Academic Programs

  • Morehead (Residential Campus)
    150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351
    1-800-585-6781
  • MSU at Ashland
    1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101
    800-648-5370
  • MSU at Mt. Sterling
    3400 Indian Mound Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
    859-499-0780
  • MSU at Prestonsburg
    6 Bert Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
    800-648-5372
  • MSU at West Liberty
    155 University Drive, West Liberty, KY 41472
    606-743-1500
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