Meadowlark Award

The next Meadowlark Award will be in 2018. The submission deadline will be December 31, 2017.

Dear Writers,

Riverbend Publishing and the Sterry Family have postponed the next Meadowlark Award to 2018 from 2017. We just haven't had time to publicize the next award, and we are busy promoting the first winning book, The Actor by Beth Hunter McHugh--which is a finalist in two categories in the 2016 High Plains Book Awards. Congratulations Beth!

If you are interested in the next Meadowlark Award, please see the guidelines below and send me a brief email about your manuscript.

We look forward to discovering another talented writer with a Montana story.

Sincerely,

Chris Cauble, Publisher

Riverbend Publishing
ccauble@riverbendpublishing.com

2015 Meadowlark Award Winner Announced!

The Actor

Riverbend Publishing of Helena and the Sterry family of Hingham are pleased to announce that the 2015 Meadowlark Award for women writers has been won by Beth Hunter McHugh of Hamilton for her novel, The Actor.

McHugh, 31, was raised in Helena and is a graduate of the University of Montana where she earned an M.F.A in Creative Writing, McHugh’s fiction has appeared in literary magazines, but The Actor will be her first book.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to accept this award,” McHugh said. “I’ve been working on this book for a long time; it’s a story close to my heart, and it feels right that it should be represented by a Montana publisher.”

“Her novel is captivating,” said Riverbend publisher Chris Cauble. “We had nearly fifty entries, including several top contenders that may yet become books, but Beth’s quality of writing, her strong characters, and her novel’s narrative force were clearly superior.”

The Actor was published by Riverbend Publishing in September, 2015. The award also provides a $1,000 cash prize.

The Meadowlark Award is named for the best-selling book When the Meadowlark Sings, by Nedra Sterry. Written when Sterry was 82 years old, Meadowlark is a memoir of growing up along Montana’s Hi-Line. Before her death in 2013, Sterry established the award with an endowment from her book royalties. Her goal was to encourage women writers. The endowment is administered by the Montana State University-Northern Foundation.

The Meadowlark Award for Women Writers

The Meadowlark Award, formerly given after an annual short-story writing contest for Montana college students, has been reconfigured as a biennial book award for women writers. Under the new guidelines, the award’s $1,000 cash prize will be augmented with a book contract from Riverbend Publishing in Helena. The inaugural award will be presented in May 2015 and then on alternating years. The winning book will be published by Riverbend Publishing.

The award is open to women writers who have never published a book, and the book must be based in or substantially about Montana. It may be fiction or nonfiction, including memoirs, essays, adventure, travel, novels, and short story collections. Entries will be judged by the executors of the Meadowlark Award and by Chris Cauble, Riverbend’s publisher, with assistance from various Montana authors, editors, and booksellers.

The award is named for the book “When the Meadowlark Sings,” by Nedra Sterry. Written when Sterry was 82 years old, “Meadowlark” is a memoir of growing up along Montana’s Hi-Line. Now in its 7th printing, the popular book has sold more than 10,000 copies. Before her death in 2013 at the age of 94, Sterry created the Meadowlark Award with an endowment from her book royalties. Her goal was to encourage women writers. The endowment is administered by the Montana State University-Northern Foundation.


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