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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

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: 

  • 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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