NEW PRIZE TO HONOR PROMISING JEWISH WRITER UAHC CREATES REFORM JUDAISM PRIZE FOR JEWISH FICTION
March 27, 2003--A new prize, carrying an award of $5,000, has been created to recognize and support the work of a promising Jewish fiction writer. The Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction, sponsored by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, will be presented for the first time this November at the UAHC's Biennial Convention in Minneapolis.
The award was made possible through the generous donation of Dr. Alex Mauskop of Larchmont, NY, who said the idea for the prize grew from conversations among the members of a reading group at Larchmont Temple that focuses on Jewish authors.
In addition to the cash award, the winner of the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction will be featured in Reform Judaism magazine, the largest circulation Jewish magazine in North America, and will be invited to make a presentation at the UAHC's Biennial Convention.
"We're delighted that we will be able to bring the work of a promising young author to the readers of our magazine," said Aron Hirt-Manheimer, editor of Reform Judaism magazine. "Our book section is one of RJ's most popular features," he said, noting that the magazine is sent to 310,000 Reform households in North America.
To qualify, the writer must be Jewish, under the age of 45 on June 15, and have authored at least one novel or collection of short stories on a Jewish topic. The works must have been published in the United States or Canada, and the writer must not be the recipient of a major book award, such as the Pulitzer Prize, Booker Award, or National Book Award.
Nobel Prize Winner Elie Wiesel is the honorary chair of the Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction Governing Committee, which is chaired by Carol Kur, vice chair of the Reform Judaism magazine editorial board. Judges for the prize are noted professors and scholars.
Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2003 and will be accepted from authors and/or publishers. Application forms and requirements may be found online or by contacting Frances Schwartz at (212) 650-4081.
The Union of American Hebrew Congregations is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. UAHC services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center in Washington, DC.