The Fellow Travelers Series is pleased to announce The Bo Huston Prize, a $2000 award to a young writer who needs money to buy time to write. The award includes a year of working with Matthew Stadler, editor of the Fellow Travelers Series, and the option of publishing the prize-winner's book through our series.
The Bo Huston Prize is given in memory of the writer Bo Huston who wrote and published four books of fiction and numerous stories and essays. In 1993 he died of AIDS at age 33. In Bo's memory the prize supports the work of a writer, who is otherwise overlooked by the economy of publishing and other literary gate- keepers, by providing an award of $2000 and access to a professional editor for a year.
Our method is to scan for such writers as widely as possible by actively seeking recommendations from people we know and respect, and by following up on any recommendations we're given by reading and learning more about the writers). Our network is transparent and open, growing from the core group of the Fellow Travelers Series and its editor and past authors, as well as old colleagues of Bo who take an interest in the prize. After a three- month period of scanning and research, the prize winner will be selected and announced in January of the prize-year. Our criteria can be roughly summarized: (1) the writing (this is of course totally subjective); (2) the Bo factor (is this writer someone Bo would have supported or rooted for); and (3) the chance that what we have to offer will help the writer finish a book. The prize-winner is likely to be somone who lacks previous prizes or other bona fides, for reasons of #2 and #3.
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