2014 Norman Mailer and the NCTE Awards
This year, Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony and The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) will award the Norman Mailer Writing Award in the categories of: High School Teacher Non-Fiction Writing, High School Non-Fiction Writing, 2-Year Non-Fiction Writing, College Non-Fiction Writing and College Poetry Writing. The College Non-Fiction winner will receive a check for $5,000.00. The High School Teacher winner will receive a check for $5,000. The High School and 2-Year College Non-Fiction winners will receive checks for $2,500 each. The College Poetry winner receives a check for $2,500.
Norman Mailer Award for Middle and High School Teacher Nonfiction Writing Award Award
Andrew W. JonesNorman Mailer Award for Middle and High School Teacher Nonfiction Writing Award Winner
Andrew W. Jones is from Downers Grove, Illinois. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and then received his M. Ed. in secondary education English from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He has been teaching English for 13 years at various schools both in the United States—in La Quinta, CA and Hinsdale, IL—and internationally—in Sofia, Bulgaria and Quito, Ecuador. He’s won Teacher of the Year awards in 2003-2004 and in 2010-2011. In December of 2012, he published his first book, a memoir based on his time spent in Bulgaria, entitled Two Seasons in the Bubble: Living and Coaching Basketball in Bulgaria. He is currently teaching 9th grade English, World Literature and coaching girls basketball at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey where he lives with his wife Erin, a biology teacher, and their 1-year old daughter Eliza.
Broad Run High School
Central High School
Appomattox Regional Governor's School for the Arts and Technology
Freedom Intermediate School
Norman Mailer Award for Middle and High School Teacher Nonfiction Writing Award Award Judges
Norman Mailer Award for College Nonfiction Writing Award Award
Sarah Esther MaslinNorman Mailer Award for College Nonfiction Writing Award Winner
Sarah Esther Maslin grew up in Berkeley and Madison. She graduated from Yale University this spring, where she majored in history and edited the Yale Daily News Magazine. She has written about bluegrass in Alaska, technology on the Appalachian Trail, and, for Anne Fadiman's writing seminar, her winning entry on a New Haven pawnshop. She reported for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this summer and is headed on a year-long Yale fellowship to Latin America. She plans to work as a freelance journalist and write about massacre tourism and battles over history in a village in El Salvador.
University of California
New Haven, CT
Norman Mailer Award for College Nonfiction Writing Award Award Judges
Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Nonfiction Writing Award Award
Connor RystedtNorman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Nonfiction Writing Award Winner
Connor Rystedt was born and raised in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. His father, Brandon, is a postal worker and his mother, Julie, is a nurse. Growing up, he played baseball for his dad’s little league teams and acted in several plays. His fifth grade teacher allowed him to read during class because it kept him from running his mouth. It wasn’t until he was dismissed from the University of Minnesota Duluth, due to a low GPA on account of his not attending class, that he realized his true passion for reading and writing. He has since enrolled in a two-year creative writing program at Anoka Ramsey Community College in his hometown of Coon Rapids. He still lives at home with his parents and his brother Cole, who recently graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. They have a Mini-Labradoodle named Sophie that likes to eat Chicken. With their continued support, he hopes to go to Hamline University in the Fall of 2015.
Reading Area Community College
Mount San Antonio College
Napa Valley College
Norman Mailer Award for 2-Year College Nonfiction Writing Award Award Judges
Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award Award
Angela QianNorman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award Winner
Angela Qian was born in California and now studies English Literature and Political Science at the University of Chicago. As a student, she is interested in interdisciplinary studies between the humanities and the social sciences, and explores themes of identity-making and the process of memory in her creative writing. Her writing has appeared in Typoeticus, Sliced Bread, Memoryhouse, The Midway Review, and The Millions.
New York University
New York, NY
Marymount Manhattan College
New York, NY
Johns Hopkins University
Norman Mailer Award for College Poetry Writing Award Award Judges
Norman Mailer Award for High School Nonfiction Writing Award Award
Henry ColtNorman Mailer Award for High School Nonfiction Writing Award Winner
Henry Colt is a freshmen at Pomona College. He wrote these pieces in his senior year of high school. He loves running, backpacking, playing the guitar, and being mindful.
Alabama School of Fine Arts
Lake Forest High School
Lake Forest, IL
Hathaway Brown School
Shaker Heights, OH
The Packer Collegiate Institute