2009 Norman Mailer Center and the NCTE Awards
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony each year award the Norman Mailer High School Nonfiction Writing Award, Two-Year College and Four-Year College Awards at the Center's Annual Benefit Gala in New York City during the fall. The Four-Year College winner received a Mailer Fellowship to the Colony and a check for $10,000.00. The High School winner received a check for $5,000.00.
4 Year College Award Award
John Gilmore4 Year College Award WinnerJohn Gilmore won the inaugural Four-Year College Award while an undergraduate at Utah State University. After winning he was contacted by a top publishing agency for representation. He has since completed a Master's in Literature and Writing with a fictional thesis titled The Door-to-Door Mormon Pest Control Salesman and contributed to the book review collaborative Tottenville Review. Now 26, he works for Pearson in Math and Science Higher Education publishing, and continues to collaborate in writing with the accomplished writers he first met through the Norman Mailer Center. He is at work on a novel about Salt Lake City, where he and his wife currently live with their twin son and daughter, born Feb 1, 2012.
- Laura Gottesdiener, Jerry Guo, Sarah May and Kelly Skahan
4 Year College Award Award Judges
High School Award
Emily SwanaginHigh School Winner
Emily Swanagin is a high school senior from Birmingham, Alabama. She is currently enrolled at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in the Creative Writing department; she is the Vice‐President of her class and plays the piano in her free time. She hopes to study anthropology and creative writing in college. Her parents are Ruth and Steve Swanagin, who also reside in Birmingham.
- Eric Brewster, Kiley Harrison, Abby Melton and Emily Smith