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Nominees for the 2013 Above and Beyond Award

January 16, 2013 Awards, Writing 5 Comments

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By Kathy Crowley

As many of you may know, a year ago Beyond the Margins accepted nominations for our first ever Above and Beyond Award.  We were thrilled when the first nomination arrived. “Look–someone reads our blog!” we said. And we were even more thrilled when another arrived, and another, until we had over twenty nominations. These weren’t mothers begging us to give their little Jane or Johnny some much-needed validation. No, these were published authors, editors, agents, teachers, students, mentors (and maybe one or two barristas), all wanting to nominate someone they felt had displayed extraordinary generosity toward them and toward other writers.

So when we opened the nomination process for the 2013 award, we wondered if we would get the same kind of response. What if the novelty had worn off? What if word had gotten out that our prize is only slightly less gaudy than Princess Beatrice’s “toilet hat?” What if the last decent person in the entire writing universe decided she was broke as heck and not going to take it anymore, and took a job writing ads for Facebook?

To our surprise, none of these disasters occurred. To our even greater surprise and delight, we received over 50 nominations this year! That’s right: in one year, BTM’s Above and Beyond Award managed to double the rate of altruism in the writing world. Just call us “The little blog that could–and did.”

More importantly, we now have the names of fifty of the most generous souls in the writing world: writers who have taught, mentored, published, connected, fostered, championed, edited, soft-shouldered – even paid bills — for other writers. It’s like finding a Map of the Mensches.

We have reviewed all the nominations and are in the process of deciding on a winner now.  In the meantime, we want to make sure the word gets out about all these outstanding nominees. So here they are….

Cara Blue Adams

Steve Almond

Matt Bell

Matty Byloos

Chloe Caldwell

Jim Clark

Kerry Cohen

Laura E. Davis

Erika Dreifus

Sandra Ellston

Jonathan Evison


Julia Fierro

Gina Frangello

Jane Friedman

James Bernard Frost

Susan Gregg Gilmore

 Deborah Henry

Tayari Jones

Lauren Groff

Debra Gwartny

Paul Hoover

Allison Joseph

Colm Keegan

Mur Lafferty

Caroline Leavitt

Margot Livesey

Eireann Lorsung

Kyle McCord

Kristina McMorris

Carolyn Parkhurst

Richard Peabody

Craig Santos Perez

Mira Ptacin

Sandra Tsing Loh

Kit Reed

Barbara Jane Reyes

Adam Robinson

Jerod Santek

Charles Salzberg

Jody Seay

Carrie Seitzinger

Doug Stanton



Monica Storss

Ira Sukrungruang

Nova Ren Suma

George Venn

Therese Walsh

Kim Wyatt

Joanna Yas

Lidia Yuknavitch

A big round of applause for all of you.


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Kathy Crowley’s short stories and essays have appeared in, among others, Ontario Review, Fish Stories, The Literary Review, New Millenium Writings, Pulse and Cognescenti. Her stories have been short-listed for Best American Short Stories, nominated for a Pushcart Prize and anthologized. In 2012 and 2006 she was awarded Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships. She recently finished her first novel. When she’s not busy preparing for her future literary fame and fortune, she provides care and feeding to her three children and works as a physician at Boston Medical Center. Kathy can be found on Twitter at @Kathy_Crowley. Read Full