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Writers: Submit To The 2013 Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award

The Peter K. Hixson Award is now closed for 2013. Please see the end of this post for a list of winners!

June 21 would have been writer Peter K. Hixson’s 66th birthday.

And we at Writer’s Relief are honored to host the fourth annual Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award for creative writers.

From now through Wednesday, July 17, writers are encouraged to submit their writing. Three winners will receive over $1,800 in Writer’s Relief submission services.

Writers are welcome to apply in the following genres:

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • For novelists, consider sending stand-alone excerpts. This is a great strategy to build publication credits before approaching literary agents. Check out ways to create an excerpt.

Dear Writer’s Relief,

I’ll always be grateful to you for the self-confidence gifted to me with the Peter Hixson win. It’s been a lovely journey, and I’m grateful to have shared it with you and learned from you.

Sending a hug,

Barbara Cockrell, 2012 Peter K. Hixson Award Winner

Peter was a talented client of Writer’s Relief who decided to make a difference in the world before he passed away. We feel very blessed to be able to carry on Peter’s legacy of creativity and kindness with this generous award. We are inspired by his example and enduring gifts. We hope you are too.

For guidelines, restrictions, and forms, please visit: https://www.writersrelief.com/peter-k-hixson-writing-award.

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How You Can Help

Please share this information about the Peter K. Hixson Award on your blogs, your Facebook pages, and your Twitter feeds.

Help us spread the word about Peter’s generosity and this unmatched opportunity.

The deadline for this award is Wednesday, July 17.

The Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award is 100% free for all applicants. We welcome donations in support of Peter’s vision.

This award was established to help struggling writers. If you, like Peter, would like to support your fellow writers and ensure that this unique award will stay open for years to come, we encourage you to make a small donation.

Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award
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Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award Fund

  • All donations will be dedicated to the Peter K. Hixson Memorial Fund, and 100% of the donations will be used to support creative writers.
  • Donations of $2 or more are recommended (absolutely every little bit helps!).
  • No preference will be given to writers based on their donation (judges will not know if you donated or the amount donated).

Writer’s Relief will match donations of up to $5,000 for current and future awards!

If you would like to make a donation to help a deserving writer but do not wish to enter, please visit this link.

Learn more about the Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award.

Dear Writer’s Relief,

The most important thing I learned was how competitive the “po biz” is. I had no idea that it took so many submissions to get one acceptance! I think—no, I know—that without having won the Hixson Memorial Award, I would have given up on publishing any of my poems, and maybe I would have stopped writing them too.

To go along with that last thought, I learned that people other than my friends appreciated and were moved by my poetry. This was so important, and it’s this that I will hold on to as I go off on my own, as it were, to face a million more rejections.

I also learned a crucial PROCESS for submitting poetry. That is, don’t be haphazard; make yourself a spreadsheet; submit in bunches of 25 or 30 at a time. I would never have done that in the past. Prior to winning the Hixson award, I would have tossed a few poems here and tossed a few poems there and thought it luck if they landed in fertile soil.

Finally, I learned that I’m not, in fact, the Queen of Proofreading. Your proofreaders had a few tricks up their sleeves that I never bothered to learn (despite the fact that I’ve taught college-level composition for over twenty years), and now I’m going to bother to learn them.

Please give Ronnie my best regards. And tell the Hixson family that I am forever grateful for the award.

Laura Wendorff, 2012 Peter K. Hixson Award Winner. Work accepted into Foliate Oak, Forge, The Minetta Review, and Sanskrit.

The 2013 Award Winners (All Genres)

Poetry Winner: Brittany Tacconi
Poetry Honorable Mentions: Rachel Landrum Crumble, Robin Kalinich, Erik Richardson

Short Story Winner:
 Rachel Henry
Short Story Honorable Mentions: Elizabeth Klein, Aaron Schultz

Wild Card Winner: Lisa Sturm

Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award
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Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award Fund

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