The Hurston/Wright awards, named for two luminaries of African American fiction Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, is among the most prestigious certainly among people of colour wherever they reside. Here at Wadadli Pen, we like to salute other programmes, and especially programmes targeted at youth. Specifically, we recognize the 2016 winners of the Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers.
In the fiction category, John S. Wilson III of Princeton University wins the $1,000 prize for his story “4, 6, 8.” The honorable mention in fiction and $250 goes to Clynthia Burton Graham of the University of Baltimore for her story “Miss Sage’s Anniversary Celebration.”
In the poetry category, Joy Priest of Rutgers University-Newark wins the $1,000 prize for her collection of eight poems. Two honorable mention prizes of $250 go to Vanity Hendricks-Robinson of Manhattanville College and Latasha D. Johnson of SUNY College at Brockport.
The Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers supports emerging Black writers early in their careers (sidebar: pretty sure this includes you if you’re a Caribbean or Caribbean-descended writer enrolled in an American university). For the third year, the award will be presented through the sponsorship of Amistad books, a division of Harper Collins Publishers.
The college winners and honorable mentions will be honored at the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards ceremony on Friday, October 21st at the historic Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. The evening features the announcement of the winners of the juried Legacy awards for debut fiction, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the presentation of awards for career achievements.
The college writing judges were Tiphanie Yanique (one of our own, Yanique is an award winning writer from the US Virgin Islands) for fiction and Roger Reeves for poetry.