To honor the memory of Emyl Jenkins, who died in 2010, James River Writers presents an award to an organization or person who, as Emyl did, inspires a love of writing and writing education in Virginia.
An advocate for writers and their readers, Emyl had a knack for connecting both people and organizations. She shared her time and expertise with everyone she encountered. She encouraged writers at all levels, especially fledglings trying to get those first words down on the page. Her generous spirit and her enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone she touched, and her actions widened the circle of writing encouragement.
Any Virginia individual or organization is eligible, except for members of the JRW board of directors or the advisory board.
A panel of judges, chosen from the JRW board of directors and JRW membership to represent different levels of writing experience, will pick the winner. They will choose the nominee who best matches Emyl Jenkins’ efforts to make Virginia a better place for writers. That could be by connecting people and organizations around the written word, by sharing time and expertise about writing, or by encouraging writers.
The winner will receive an award that honors Emyl Jenkins’ work and reflects her style.
Nominations are now being accepted through August 13, 2014. To make a nomination, send an email to Katharine Herndon at email@example.com explaining, in no more than 500 words, how the nominee makes Virginia a better place for writers. It must include contact information (e-mail and phone) for the nominator and two others who can further illuminate the nominee’s qualifications.
The winner will receive the award at the James River Writers Conference on Sunday, October 19, 2014.
Jason Tesauro and Lee Gimpel at presentation of 2012 awards
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Articles About the Award
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- Emyl Jenkins Award Accepting Nominations
- JRW Announces Emyl Jenkins Award Recipients Sophia Volpi, Louise Ball, and Hampton Roads Writers
- Remembering Emyl Jenkins
- Celebrating Creative Spirits: 2012 Jenkins Award Recipients
- A First for Two: 2011 Jenkins Award Recipients