In recognition of the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society, The Rona Jaffe Foundation is giving its twentieth annual Writers’ Awards under a program that identifies and supports women writers of exceptional talent. The emphasis is on those in the early stages of their writing careers. This unique program offers grants to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to make writing time available and provide assistance for such specific purposes as child care, research and related travel costs.
Six emerging women writers have been singled out for excellence by the Foundation and will receive awards of $30,000 each. The 2014 winners are Olivia Clare, Karen Hays, Danielle Jones-Pruett, T. L. Khleif, Mara Naselli, and Solmaz Sharif.
Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards program in 1995. It is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively. Since the program began, the Foundation has awarded nearly $2 million to emergent women writers.
Ms. Jaffe was the author of sixteen books, including Class Reunion, Family Secrets, The Road Taken, and The Room-Mating Season. Her 1958 best-selling first novel, The Best of Everything, was reissued by Penguin in 2005.