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THE SOCIETY OF MIDLAND AUTHORS

About the SMA Literary Competition

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Since 1957, the Society has presented annual awards for the best books written by Midwestern authors. Notable winners of the juried competition have included Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mike Royko, Jane Smiley, Dempsey Travis, Leon Forrest, William Maxwell, Louise Erdrich, Scott Turow, Alex Kotlowitz, Aleksandar Hemon, Stuart Dybek, Roger Ebert and many more.

The award categories are Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Biography, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction and Poetry.

See http://midlandauthors.com/winners_past.html for full list of past winners and runners-up. Also watch this website near the end of each year for details on how to enter the contest.

Since 2002, the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism has also been presented under our aegis. In addition, at the discretion of the Society's officers and board of directors, lifetime achievement awards are presented to individuals who have donated their time and energies to assist the Society over a period of years and to authors recognized for their contributions to Midwestern letters.

The Society of Midland Authors looks forward to receiving appropriate submissions and honoring Midwest authors at the 102st awards banquet in May, 2017.  All are welcome: see you there.

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