On Thursday, August 23, 2012, the Executive Board of the Huntsville Literary Association (HLA) approved a measure to establish the Dorothy Diemer Hendry Award for Literary Achievement for the 2012-2013 School Year. It will be the showcase award under HLA’s Young Writers’ Contest, promoting short stories submitted by high school students.
The contest will be open for short story submissions from January 15-February 28, 2013.
The Award will have 3 winners, first for $500, second for $250, third for $100 and then 15-25 Honorable Mentions, final number of honorable mentions TBD. All winners, including honorable mentions, will be published in the summer of 2013 by The Ardent Writer Press in an anthology of the short stories. A photo and short bio of each published student will be included with their winning entry.
In addition, art students will be encouraged to submit artwork that can be judged for use for the jacket cover for the anthology. The winning art student will receive $200 and his or her artwork will be used on the front cover of the publication. Pending final contest guidelines, the back cover may be used to showcase a thumbnail of 2-3 other honorable mention submissions.
The first year of the award will be a trial period to include all public and private schools in Madison County and Huntsville, Decatur schools and other public and private schools that participate in the ‘Poetry Out Loud’ contest in the North Alabama region.
All proceeds from sale of the anthology will be given to HLA to be used as a basis for awards for the following school year. Proceeds from publications for succeeding years will, like the initial award, be used to provide funding for the next year’s contest.
The Ardent Writer Press and HLA are enthusiastic in their support of this prestigious award which we hope will cultivate a better appreciation and quality of writing for Alabama high school students. Dorothy Hendry, not only as head of the Huntsville High English Department, but also as a parent and one of the original members of HLA, was a stout supporter of all forms of the literary skills, not simply for arts sake, but more importantly for the fact that writing is the backbone of communication in all career fields.
Stay tuned as further details emerge during HLA’s discussion with schools, their professionals and students. The Ardent Writer Press and HLA will promote the contest and award in local newspapers, television and radio.