Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lantern Awards

The LIT (formerly The Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland) is proud to announce The Lantern Awards to honor and celebrate the most talented literary artists who live and work in Northeast Ohio. The winners will be announced and awards will be presented at ALL LIT UP: An Evening of Literary Excellence on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the Ohio Theatre of PlayhouseSquare.

Eight Different Genre Categories Include:

I. Poetry:

Published anthology, chapbook of poems, collection by a single poet; and publication of a single poem

II. Fiction:

Novel length publication; and short fiction: collection and single publications accepted

III. Graphic Novel:

Full-length publication

IV. Memoir:

Book length publication; and essay length publication

V. Creative Nonfiction:

Book length publication; and personal essay, collection and single publications accepted

VI. Journalism: Personal Interest Story:

Individual article and series accepted

VII. Playwriting/Performance:

Original work written then performed in a public venue (please submit printed flyers, press clipping, reviews, invitations, along with the typed manuscript. The playwright, author, or poet only are eligible for the award (not cast).

VIII. Blog, Blog, Blog:

Literary interest general interest blogs with demonstrated excellence of craft AND 50+ readership list (must be submitted with nomination).

Guidelines and Restrictions –

~ Deadline for submissions is Saturday, May 1, 2010.

~ Work must have been published or performed (see publication & performance guidelines) within the past two years (January 2008-May 2010).

~ Writers must live in the following counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, or Wayne.

~ Work must be submitted in published form, or photocopied from published texts, including online publication in legitimate publications. Publication information and/or performance information (including source and date) is necessary. Actual texts are required.

~ Exclusions: self-published or vanity press works.

~ Work can be self-nominated, or nominated by an outside source (publisher, colleague, friend, agent, etc.). The author's permission to have the material considered is mandatory.

~ Attach biographical information about the author, including name, address and phone number. Reviews of the work (stating sources) are encouraged.

~ Entries should be marked "Literary Awards" on the outside of the envelope, and mailed to: 2010 LITerary Awards; c/o The LIT, 2570 Superior Avenue, Suite 203, Cleveland, OH 44114.

~ Submissions will not be returned.

Books sales and support are provided by Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Legacy Village. 20% of book sales proceeds will be donated to the LIT during this event. An independent, local bookstore, Joseph-Beth Booksellers celebrates 10 years in the Cleveland community this year. For more information, visit


Since 1976, The LIT has been dedicated to the improvement, appreciation, and growth of the literary arts by fostering and promoting a thriving community of writers of all ages and across all genres. Founded as The Poets’ and Writers’ League of Greater Cleveland, The LIT works to grow and sustain an appreciation and audience for the work of literary artists and in doing so, strives to advance literacy throughout the Northeast Ohio region. For more information, please contact: