Press Release: Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Unveils New Youth Literature Award Call for Nominations Issued
The Board of Governors of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters is pleased to announce the addition of a new awards category for this year - the Youth Literature Award. “Youth literature is a growing interest among writers with Mississippi connections, and we’re looking forward to fostering this burgeoning talent,” said Sarah Frances Hardy of Oxford, who proposed the new category. Nancy LaForge of Cleveland will serve as the category chair.
MIAL is also issuing a call for nominations. All nominations are due January 15, 2020. “We’re excited to be kicking off another year of honoring the rich creative talent of Mississippi,” noted MIAL Vice President Scott Naugle, chairman of the awards committee. “In 2020, we’ll continue our 40-year history of supporting, nurturing and recognizing the diverse people who make Mississippi’s culture one of the state’s greatest treasures.” Nomination forms will printed in the fall 2019 MIAL newsletter and can also be found online at ms-arts-letters.org/nominations.html. Members of MIAL are invited to nominate worthy individuals in eight categories, including fiction, nonfiction, youth literature, poetry, photography, visual arts, classical music composition and contemporary music composition.
Only MIAL members are allowed to nominate individuals for awards. The organization welcomes new members, and anyone may join. For more information on how you can join and nominate Mississippi creatives, visit ms-arts-letters.org/membership.html. Joining MIAL not only provides support to the creative talent from Mississippi, it also helps the organization seek out and nurture new and upcoming talent.
Since 1980 MIAL has honored creative individuals with an award in their specific field, and the Institute's juried competition is one of a kind in the state. Carefully selected judges, chosen from out of state, are prominent in their field. Supported by Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning and members, MIAL is privately funded, self-perpetuating, and non-profit. For more information, contact Margaret Robbins, executive secretary, at 662-523-0899 or firstname.lastname@example.org.