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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 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

List of Past recipients: 

1996 -  James Still
1997 -  Chris Holbrook
1998 -  Sharyn McCrumb
1999 -  Chris Offutt
2000 -  Denise Giardina
2001 -  Karen McElmurray
2002 -  Crystal Wilkinson
2003 -  Silas House
2004 -  John Sparks
2005 -  Ron Rash

2006 – Sharon Hatfield

2007—Erik Reece

2008—Diane Gilliam

2009—Mark Powell

2010—Ann Pancake

2011—Alex Taylor

2012--Donald Ray Pollock

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