Housatonic Book Awards / Finalists and Winners

The MFA Alumni Writers’ Cooperative is pleased to announce the finalists and the winners of the Housatonic Book Awards. A special thanks to the alumni and readers who helped work on the selections of this distinguished award. We look forward to having these winners be part of the MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University. It is the hard work of the volunteer readers and chairs that help make this project a success. Special thanks to Dr. Brian Clements for his guidance and logistics in making this happen.

Alumni interested in participating on the review committees for next year should contact Ron, Holly, Andy, or Becca and we will be sure that you’re involved.

Finalists & Winners Announced – 2014

The MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University and its alumni organization, the MFA Alumni Writers Collaborative, are delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Housatonic Book Awards. The winner in each category will receive a $1000 honorarium and a $500 travel stipend and will appear at a residency of the MFA program to give a public reading and present a Master Class to MFA students. Guidelines for next year’s awards will appear on this website in early 2015. Congratulations to the authors and presses!



The Fifty-First State, by Lisa Borders (Engine Books)
The Mourning Hours, by Paula Treck DeBoard (Harlequin MIRA)
My Notorious Life, by Kate Manning (Scribner)
River of Dust, by Virginia Pye (Unbridled Books)

Cartwheel, by Jennifer DuBois (Random House)



Beauty Mark, Suzanne Cleary (BkMkPress)
Large White House Speaking, Mark Irwin (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
American Amnesiac, Diane Raptosh (Etruscan Press)
Vestigial, Page Hill Starzinger (Barrow Street Press)

Begin Empty-Handed, Gail Martin (Perugia Press)



Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland’s Ukranians after WWII, Diana Howansky Reilly (University of Wisconsin Press)
The Blind Masseuse, Alden Jones (Terrace Books)
The Next Scott Nadelson, Scott Nadelson (Hawthorne Books)
Becoming Tom Thumb, Eric Lehman (Wesleyan University Press)

Bootstrapper, Mardi Jo Link (Knopf)

Writing for Middle Grades and YA


Rules for Ghosting, by AJ Paquette (Bloomsbury)
Lone Wolves, by John Smelcer (Leapfrog Press)
After Isaac, by Avra Wing (Olinville Press)
Over the Line, by David Lloyd (Syracuse University Press)

Brotherhood, by A.B. Westrick (Viking)


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