2011 NMCE NCTE Awards

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colonyeach 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 receives a Mailer Fellowship to the Colony and a check for $10,000.00.  The High School and Two-Year College winners will each receive $5,000.00.

Dalia Wolfson, Christopher Woodard, President William J. Clinton, and Elisa Gonzalez

High School Teacher Award

Marjorie Gilchrist-Young
The Tender Branch
Swain County High SchoolBryson City, North Carolina

High School Teacher Awards Judges

Colum McCann

Sigrid Nunez

William Kennedy

Four-Year College

Elisa Gonzalez
Elisa Gonzalez
Digital Leftovers, All the Words I Knew, Family History
Yale UniversityNew Haven CT

Jacque Feldman (Yale, New Haven CT)
Andrew David King (University of California at Berkeley, CA)
Sophia Veltfort (Yale University, New Haven CT)
Chenji Zhang (Brown University, Providence RI)

Four-Year College Awards Judges

Barbara Lounsberry

Distinguished Scholar
and Author

Lee Gutkind

Founder and Editor
of Creative Nonfiction

Jay Parini

National Bestselling Author


Christopher Woodard
Let All Those End Soon With Few Tears
Berkeley City CollegeBerkeley, CA


Michael Gonzales (Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ)
Michael Durkee (SUNY Adirondack, Queensbury, NY)
Mason Gates (Central Arizona College, Coolidge, AZ)
Rebecca Wingate (Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ)


Two-Year College Awards Judges

Anne Fadiman

Ted Conover

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

High School


Dalia Wolfson
Dalia Wolfson
Parquet Dictionary
Hunter College High SchoolNew York, NY

Gadi Cohen (Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA)
Danyang Fang (Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL)
Mishka Hoosen (Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, MI)
Stephanie Lenchard Warren (Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL)

High School Awards Judges

Anne Fadiman

Ted Conover

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc