Exciting news – I’m delighted to let you all know that The Writer received a YoungArts Merit Award this year in the novel category! It’s a big honor, as only the top 5% of applicants receive the award out of more than 7,000. Every year, the YoungArts foundation awards emerging artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts. I’d very much encourage any young writers out there to apply to one of the YoungArts Writing Discipline’s many categories – poetry, short story, selection from a novel, play or script writing and creative nonfiction. Again, if you have any questions about the program or how to apply, feel free to contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.