2017 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction
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2017 Edward Lewis Wallant Award for American Jewish Fiction

Margot Singer
Rachel Hall

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:30PM
Innovation Center, Mandell Jewish Community Center
335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford

About the Award

The Edward Lewis Wallant Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious Jewish literary awards in the United States. It is presented annually to a Jewish writer, preferably unrecognized, whose published creative work of fiction is deemed to have significance for the American Jew.

The award was established shortly after the untimely death in December 1962, of Edward Lewis Wallant, gifted author of The Human Season and The Pawnbroker.  Dr. and Mrs. Irving Waltman of West Hartford were prompted to create this memorial, because of their admiration for Edward Wallant’s literary ability.

To learn more about the award and past recipients, click here.

2017 Recipient -
Margot Singer

In addition to Underground Fugue, Singer is also the author of a collection of short stories, The Pale of Settlement (University of Georgia Press, 2007), winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction; and co-editor, with Nicole Walker, of Bending Genre (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), a collection of essays on creative nonfiction. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, Agni, Ninth Letter, The Sun, and many others. Learn more...

2017 Runner-Up -
Rachel Hall

Rachel Hall’s stories and essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Bellingham Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, Lilith, New Letters, and Water~Stone. In addition, she has received awards and honors from publications such as Lilith, Glimmer Train, and New Letters, and from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, as well as Ragdale and the Ox-Bow School of the Arts where portions of Heirlooms were written. Learn more...