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Awards - Sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies

The Morning Star Flash Fiction Contest

Deadline and Details for 2016: To be Announced

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The Morning Star Flash Fiction Award is for an unpublished work of 800 words or less.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

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.

Deadline: To be Announced

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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