The National Award for Arts Writing

Tired of overly academic/jargon-filled writing about architecture, theater, and art history? The Arts Club of Washington has begun a national contest to encourage better writing in the arts.  According to their webpage,

“The Award of $15,000, the only one of its kind the country, is given annually in recognition of excellence in writing about the arts for a broad audience.”

In their press release, they write:

“’Too much writing about the arts is academic or filled with jargon,’ says Sarah Browning, coordinator of the prize. ‘But we believe the arts are for everyone. We want to recognize writing that creates a strong connection with arts and artists.’ The Award celebrates prose that is ‘lucid, luminous, clear, and inspiring.’”

Books in all of the arts–including the ones covered by this blog– are considered.

The inaugural prize has gone to Scott Reynolds Nelson, author of Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, The Untold Story of an American Legend.

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Posted by: Tanya


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