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Lipman Award Submission Period Now Open

LOWELL – The Pollard Memorial Library Foundation is delighted to announce that the submission period is now open for the 2024 Elinor Lipman Award for Writing.

The award honors Elinor Lipman, the distinguished, prolific, and much-loved author born and raised in Lowell.

A prize of $1,000 is offered for a work of fiction or creative non-fiction written by an adult who is either a resident of Lowell or a student at University of Massachusetts Lowell or Middlesex Community College.

Submissions are welcome on or before May 24, 2024.  See for complete eligibility and submission guidelines.

The Lipman Award recognizes the importance of literacy and learning in enhancing the lives of residents of the City of Lowell and the key role that the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell’s public library, plays in providing the city’s residents with access to literature and learning.  The prize is funded by the Pollard Memorial Library Foundation, which raises funds to help the Library reach even more Lowell residents.

Ms. Lipman serves as the lead judge for the Award.  She is joined by Pilar Garcia-Brown, a senior editor at Dutton, and Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, the winner of the inaugural Lipman Award in 2022 and a professor at Northeastern University.

It is anticipated that a winner will be announced in the fall of 2024.

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