Posted on 03/28/2021 at 04:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We shared quite a few literary awards this past week, but here’s one you won’t see: the Rona Jaffe Awards.

The prize foundation has posted on its website and in its newsletter that the funds would have more impact if given to other artist-serving nonprofits.

Literary Hub reports that many in the literary community were disappointed at the decision to end a rare grant opportunity for unknown writers; past winners who went on to greater acclaim include (but are by no means limited to) Namwali Serpell, Tracy K. Smith, and Honorée Fanonne Jeffers.

Jaffe, a bestselling author of sixteen novels including The Best of Everything and Class Reunion, established the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards in 1995 and ran them until her death in 2005.

You can read more about the Rona Jaffe Awards’ cancellation at Lit Hub.

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