2013 The Tucson Festival of Books- Festival launches Literary Awards and Masters Workshop & Other News

2013 The Tucson Festival of Books- Festival launches Literary Awards and Masters Workshop & Other News

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Festival launches Literary Awards and Masters Workshop

Authors Cobb, Hood, Roorbach and Watson will judge awards and serve on workshop faculty
Dec. 1 deadline for writing competition that offers cash prizes and scholarships to March 2013 workshop on university campus

Fiction, nonfiction and poetry entries are now being accepted online for the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards writing competition and Masters Workshop. The new programs will mark the festival’s five-year anniversary.

First-place winners in each category of the writing competition will receive $1,000, second-place winners $500 and third-place winners $250. All winners will receive scholarships to the 2-day workshop, which will follow the March 9-10, 2013, Festival of Books. The top 50 entrants will be invited to the workshop, which, like the festival, will be held on the University of Arizona campus.

Literary Awards judges and workshop faculty include:
Larry Watson (“Montana 1948″)
Ann Hood (“The Red Thread”)
Bill Roorbach (“Life Among Giants”)
Thomas Cobb (“Crazy Heart”)

“The Tucson Festival of Books has always championed great writing,” said festival founder and chairman Bill Viner. “The Literary Awards and Masters Workshop are a natural extension of that commitment.”

In just four years, the Tucson Festival of Books has grown to become the 4th largest event of its kind in the United States. The 2012 festival drew 120,000 attendees and featured more than 450 authors, illustrators, agents and other presenters. Proceeds from the festival benefit Southern Arizona literacy efforts. Since its launch in 2009, those funds have totaled $700,000.

For more information on the Literary Awards and the Masters Workshop contact: Meg Files – masters@tucsonfestivalofbooks.org
Thanks for a record-setting show of support for literacy at the 2012 Tucson Festival of Books!

Scroll at 2012 Festival
On October 11, 2012, Literacy Connects’ Executive Director, Betty Stauffer, accepted an award on behalf of Literacy Connects and the Greater Tucson Area for the most signatures collected on the National Right to Literacy Scroll.

The award was presented by the Literacy Powerline at the Literacy Funders Network 2012 Symposium and National Leadership Forum.

Literacy Funders Network Connects collected over 1,400 signatures on the National Right to Literacy Scroll at the 2012 Tucson Festival of Books, surpassing hundreds of cities, including Washington D.C and Los Angeles, and setting a new national record! There was no official competition for how many signatures were collected in a city, but it is certainly exciting to be recognized as the “Beat the Record National Winner.”

The National Right to Literacy Scroll was created at the 2009 National Community Literacy Conference to support legislation and policy changes aimed at increasing literacy levels in the United States. Since then it has been signed by more than 50,000 people across the country at grassroots rallies, library events, city halls, literacy conferences, and town hall meetings.

This year marks the end of the UNESCO Decade of Literacy and UNESCO representatives attended last week’s event to receive the scroll and take it back to the United Nations.
Festival links at a glance

Would you like to support the Tucson Festival of Books without missing one minute of fun during the March 9-10, 2013, Festival itself? Then please consider becoming a Pre-Festival volunteer.

Your help is needed to distribute marketing materials throughout the community in the weeks leading up to the Festival and to represent the Festival at information tables in Tucson-area bookstores and libraries. By volunteering just two hours of your time before the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books, you’ll play an important role in promoting this exciting literary event.

Plenty of other volunteer positions before and during the Festival will also be available.

Volunteer registration will open in early January. To be notified by e-mail when online registration is available, please add your name and e-mail address to the list.
Request a speaker

The Tucson Festival of Books Speakers Bureau is ready to let your organization know all about the Festival. To schedule your organization’s free informational presentation, fill out the Request Form.

We look forward to helping you spread the word about this celebration of literacy in our community.

THE SEQUEL TO A LITERARY BEST-SELLER

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