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Above and Beyond Award 2013 – NOMINATIONS CLOSED

November 19, 2012 Awards, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Writers, Writing 2 Comments

We are no longer accepting nominations for Beyond The Margins’ 2nd Annual ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD . The award recognizes an individual who has gone above and beyond to help other writers and/or contribute to a community of writers.

The Inspiration

Like all of you out there, we have benefited from the generosity of fellow writers.  Many of us at Beyond the Margins met at Grub Street Writers in Boston as members of an ever-shifting novel workshop led, season in and season out for many years, by Jenna Blum, author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. At least as important as the writing education she offered was the lesson, by her own example, of supporting fellow writers, building community, and giving back. It’s that spirit we have tried to carry into Beyond the Margins. Not surprisingly, when we came up with the idea of honoring a writer who goes above and beyond, Jenna–and mentors like her–were our inspiration. (For more on the idea behind the award see our post “Who Helped You?” For more information on last year’s winner and nominees, click here.)


Who can be nominated? 

Any writer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help fellow writers. Extra editing, mentoring, putting writers in touch with each other, putting writers in touch with agents and editors, running classes for young people and seniors, organizing readings: If there’s someone you know who has done one or more or all of these things, we want to hear about it.  Workshop leaders or class instructors are eligible, but no formal teaching position is required. (BTM authors and family members are ineligible, though their family members certainly deserve an award.)

Who can nominate?

You! And any other writer out there who feels inspired to do so. The only people who cannot send in nominations are BTM members. (And their mothers.)

When will the award be announced?

Nominations are now closed. Winners will be announced in mid-January 2013.


Though kindness is its own reward, we’ll garnish it with a glowing Beyond The Margins write-up on the winner, plus a beautiful Above & Beyond award of some yet-to-be-determined size, shape, color, weight and design.

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  1. George Venn, poet/author. We all need people who see things in us we don’t recognize in ourselves. George Venn was that person for me. I was 38, the mother of four, and in grad school, when Venn pulled me aside one day and said, “You are a writer.” I told George Venn I’d grown up in a trailer in West Georgia, I could barely spell much less write. But George Venn insisted that I make time to write. That was 15 years and six books ago.

  2. […] I found out this morning I’m nominated for the Above and Beyond Award, for writers who have done things for the writer community, which will be announced later this […]

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