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Herta Announced Winner for AIW Best Published Memoir!

Posted on | June 25, 2010 | No Comments

I have received this year’s American Independent Writers award for best published memoir piece (“The Wall,” which is my immigration story and more broadly that of immigrants now). I feel honored and a bit proud. At a luncheon during the AIW’s conference in DC (mid-June) all the award winners (in various categories) received recognition.

What’s the reason for mentioning this besides wanting to share my good fortune? This: All you writers out there slogging away churning out short stories, essays, novels and non-fiction books should apply for grants and submit your work to contests and award opportunities. You don’t need to do it often, but every so often check the contest & grant sections of Poets & Writers, The Writer, and Writer’s Digest, find one that interests you (some awards are regional, giving you a better chance at winning) and submit your work! Really. DO IT!

Over the past few years, I have received a grant and a fellowship ($6,000) from the DC Commission on the Arts, the James Jones First Novel Fellowship ($10,000) and now this. I’ve applied to other contests and have not “won.”

Pursuing awards and contests is not just for the money, though those are fantastic, it’s more about getting recognized for hard work, having someone acknowledge that your writing is interesting and/or valuable. I have found that receiving such a “prize” is incredibly motivating and heartening, as you might imagine.

A plug for the AIW conference in June. Check it out online: American Independent Writers Conference.

And a plug for my services. I can help you win prizes, land an agent and get published. It’s all possible. GO FOR IT!


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