Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Established in 1984, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award introduces emerging writers to the New York City literary community. The prestigious award aims to provide promising writers a network for professional advancement. It has helped to launch the careers of Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees), Elaine Beale (Another Life Altogether), Sandra Beasley (Don't Kill the Birthday Girl), David Mura (Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei), Fae Myenne Ng (Bone), Mona Simpson (My Hollywood), and others. Since Poets & Writers began the Writers Exchange in 1984, 85 writers from 33 states and the District of Columbia have been selected to participate. The award is generously supported by Maureen Egen, a member of the Poets & Writers Board of Directors and retired as Deputy Chairman and Publisher of Hachette Book Group USA.

Poets & Writers has selected the state of Nevada for the 2015 Writers Exchange Award. Aracelis Girmay will judge poetry and Marie Myung-Ok Lee will judge fiction. Nevadan writers are invited to apply by December 1, 2014.

Read the Press Release.

Download the Guidelines and Application.

Alabama Writers Bryn Chancellor and Harry Moore Win 2014 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award

Fiction writer Bryn Chancellor and poet Harry Moore are the winners of the 2014 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. The judges were Victor LaValle for fiction and Evie Shockley for poetry. In October, Ms. Chancellor and Mr. Moore will travel to New York City, all expenses paid, to meet with editors, agents, publishers, and others in the literary community.  In addition, Ms. Chancellor and Mr. Moore will receive a $500 honorarium; present a public reading in New York City, hosted by Poets & Writers; and are invited to participate in a one-month residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming.

Read the 2014 Press Release.

Read an excerpt from Bryn Chancellor's manuscript, 2014 winner in fiction. (PDF) 

Read an excerpt from Harry Moore's manuscript, 2014 winner in poetry. (PDF)

Past Winners

Read an essay by past winner José Faust. (PDF) 

Watch a video of past winner Sandra Beasley speaking about the award.

  • Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Vermont
  • Constance Alexander, Kentucky
  • Nolde Alexius, Louisiana
  • Doug Anderson, Massachusetts
  • Sandra Beasley, Washington, D.C.
  • Allison Benis, California
  • Chana Bloch, California
  • Magda Bogin, New York
  • Anthony C. Brusate, Kentucky
  • B. J. Buckley, Montana
  • Claudia Burbank, New Jersey
  • John Caddy, Minnesota
  • John Campbell, Oregon
  • Karen Chamberlain, Utah
  • Michael Chitwood, North Carolina
  • Sanda Moore Coleman, Kansas
  • Carolyn Coman, Massachusetts
  • Daniel Degnan, New Jersey
  • Janet Desaulniers, Illinois
  • Denise Duhamel, Pennsylvania
  • Kim Edwards, Ohio
  • John Engman, Minnesota
  • Blas Falconer, Tennessee
  • Roger Fanning, Washington
  • José Faus, Kansas
  • Sascha Feinstein, Indiana
  • Bryan Allen Fierro, Alaska
  • David Galef, Mississippi
  • Dorothy Gannon, Vermont
  • Elizabeth Graver, Massachusetts
  • Kate Green, Minnesota
  • Jean Hanson, Wyoming
  • Charlotte Holmes, Pennsylvania
  • Matthew Kailey, Colorado
  • Laura Kasischke, Michigan
  • Sue Monk Kidd, South Carolina
  • Miriam Kuznets, Texas
  • Mary La Chapelle, Minnesota
  • Robert Lacy, Minnesota
  • Dylan Landis, California
  • Jeanne Leiby, Florida
  • Steven L'Italien, Arizona
  • Quitman Marshall, South Carolina
  • Deirdra McAfee, Virgina
  • Shena McAuliffe, Missouri
  • Jeanne McDonald, Tennessee
  • Mollye Miller, Maryland
  • Jim Moore, Minnesota
  • Lee Ann Mortenson, Utah
  • Delisa Mulkey, Georgia
  • David Mura, Minnesota
  • Patrick Murtagh, Montana
  • Rhonda Nelson, Florida
  • Fae Myenne Ng, California
  • Elizabeth Oness, Wisconsin
  • Jill Osier, Alaska
  • David Peterman, Ohio
  • Paul Pfeiffer, Indiana
  • C. L. Rawlins, Wyoming
  • David Reynolds, Michigan
  • Brad Richard, Louisiana
  • Andrés Rodriguez, Missouri
  • Ruth Roston, Minnesota
  • Angela Rydell, Wisconsin
  • Diza Sauers, Arizona
  • Nancy Schoenberger, New York
  • Adam Schwartz, Maryland
  • Rebecca Seiferle, New Mexico
  • Barbara Selfridge, California
  • David Dean Shavit, Illinois
  • Pamela Shephard, New Mexico
  • Aleda Shirley, Mississippi
  • Mona Simpson, New York
  • Gregory Blake Smith, Minnesota
  • Matthew Stadler, Washington
  • Norman Stock, New York
  • Susan Straight, California
  • Craig Taylor, California
  • Willett Thomas, Washington, D.C.
  • Reetika Vaziriani, Virginia
  • Jane Wampler, Colorado
  • Lauren K. Watel, Georgia
  • David Weaver, North Carolina
  • Susan Welch, Minnesota
  • Lidia Yuknavitch, Oregon