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All awards are voted on by the members of the Native American Literature Symposium board.

1. The Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies (Sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies*)

This award will be given for an outstanding essay and/or book. It is open to anybody who has published in Native American Studies for this calendar year, 2016. Previous winners and members of the NALS board are not eligible for the award.

2. The Electa Quinney Award for Published Stories (Sponsored by the Electra Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

This award seeks to highlight the work of story creators who continue the tradition of teaching through narratives often crossing the boundaries of genres, formats and disciplines. To celebrate the dissemination of stories into spaces where they can be shared all published stories qualify including small press and fine arts printing.

Nominations for the 2017 Beatrice Medicine Awards and the Electa Quinney Award are now open. Please email Margaret Noodin at with full citation information for your nomination.

Deadline: All nominations must be submitted by January 15, 2017. NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

3. The Morning Star Flash Fiction Contest

The Morning Star Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of 800 words or less. Awarded piece is selected through a submission process open to all writers.

Deadline: CLOSED

Prize: Free Registration for NALS 2017

Procedure: We will be using a blind judging process for the sake of integrity. Please attach manuscript as a .doc or .pdf file without identifying factors (name, address, etc.) and include a brief bio in the body of the email. Use the link below to pay the entry fee. Note: manuscript will not be considered without payment.

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Morning Star Flash Fiction Contest

Past Winners of the Beatrice Medicine Award

2016 Winners:

Stephanie Fitzgerald for her book Native Women and Land: Narratives of Dispossession and Resurgence (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2015).

Susan Bernardin for her essay "Acorn Soup Is Good Food: L. Frank, News from Native California, and the Intersections of Literary and Visual Arts" (Studies in American Indian Literatures 27.3, 2015).

2015 Winner:

Molly McGlennen for her book Creative Alliances: The Transnational Designs of Indigenous Women’s Poetry (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014)

2013 Winner:

Phillip Carroll Morgan for "The Maze of Colonialism: The Byrds of Virginia and Indian Territory," Journal of Chikasaw History and Culture, Vol. XIII, Number One (Spring 2012)

2012 Winner:

Dean Rader for Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI

2011 Winner:

Scott Richard Lyons for "X-Marks: Native Signatures of Assent"

2010 Winner:

Jill Doerfler for "An Anishinaabe Tribalography: Investigating and Interweaving Conceptions of Identity during the 1910s on the White Earth Reservation"

2009 Winner:

Susan A. Miller for "Native America Writes Back: The Origin of the Indigenous Paradigm in Historiography."

2008 Winner:

Jodi Byrd for "Living My Native Life Deadly": Red Lake, Ward Churchill, and the Discourses of Competing Genocides."

Past Winners of the Electa Quinney Award

2016 Winner:

Mini Aodla Freeman for the edited collection of stories Life Among the Qallunaat, edited by Keavy Martin, Julie Rak, and Norma Dunning.


Past Winners of the Morning Star Flash Fiction Contest

Winner of the 2012 Award: Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
Title: Sololoneet

Winner of the 2011 Award: Saanii Adil'ini (Tacey Atsitty)

Winner of the 2010 Award: Sara Ortiz

The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies is to promote the study of the Intermountain West by sponsoring research, publication, teaching, and public programs in a variety of academic disciplines including history, geography, sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, literature, art, folklore, range science, forestry, and popular culture.

Since its establishment in 1972, the Charles Redd Center at Brigham Young University has promoted the study of the Intermountain/Mountain West through publications, lectures, classes, and oral history. Research grants are awarded annually to faculty members on and off BYU campus, students from BYU and other universities, museums and professional organizations and independent scholars. Specialized grants allow scholars to come to BYU to use the L. Tom Perry Special Collections and visiting scholars to come to the Redd Center for two to four months to research and write.



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