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Awards - Sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies

The Morning Star Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline February 20th

Prize: Free Registration for NALS 2015 and 2016 ($500)

Judge: Special Anonymous Guest

The Morning Star Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of 800 words or less.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.

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

Submissions due January 15, 2015.

The Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian 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, 2014. Previous winners and members of the NALS board are not eligible for the award.

Applicants may submit work to P. Jane Hafen, Awards Coordinator,

The award is voted on by the members of the Native American Literature Symposium board.


Past Winners:

2013 Winner:

Phillip Carroll Morgan
Title: "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
Title: Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI

2011 Winner:

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

2010 Winner:

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

2009 Winner:

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

2008 Winner:

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

2007 Winner:

American Indian Literary Nationalism
Robert Warrior, Jace Weaver, and Craig Womack

Past Winners of The Morning Star Award in Creative Writing


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



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