2022 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing

Announcing a Call for Nominations for the 2022 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing

The National Board of the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities is proud to announce the 2022 Arlin G. Meyer Prize in Imaginative Writing

The Arlin G. Meyer Prize is awarded biennially to a full-time faculty member from a college or university in the Lilly Network of Church Related Colleges and Universities. Work that exemplifies the practice of the Christian artistic or scholarly vocation in relation to any pertinent subject matter or literary and artistic style will be considered. The prize will be awarded in different years for works of creative imagination and for works of scholarship. The 2022 Arlin G. Meyer Prize will reward the author of an original work of imaginative writing in one of the following categories: literary fiction, dramatic script or screenplay, creative nonfiction, poetry, or original text for a musical composition, such as an opera libretto, cantata text, or book and lyrics of a musical that emerges from his or her practice of the vocation of the Christian creative writer, in accord with the principles and ideals of the Lilly Fellows Program.

The Prize honors the late Arlin G. Meyer, Professor Emeritus of English at Valparaiso University, who served as program director of the Lilly Fellows Program from its inception in 1991 until his retirement in 2002.

The 2022 Arlin G. Meyer Prize will be awarded to a full-time faculty member at a school in the Lilly Fellows Program National Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities whose work was published in 2019, 2020, or 2021. 

The Prize of $3000 will be awarded at the Lilly Fellows Program National Conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee on October 28-30, 2022.

Nomination Procedure

1. Each Lilly Network institution may nominate one work for the 2022 Arlin G. Meyer Prize. The institution may select its nominee through any process.

2. The work must have been authored by a full-time faculty member or administrator at a current Lilly Fellows Program National Network institution. The full-time faculty member may be a visiting faculty artist.

3. The work must have been published during the calendar year of 2019, 2020, or 2021.

4. All nominations materials are submitted at the SlideRoom website. Nominations must include:

  • A cover letter of nomination signed by one or more of the official LFP representatives from the nominating institution
  • A statement or narrative of approximately 500 words by the writer explaining how the work exemplifies the practice of the Christian academic or artistic vocation
  • A submission of the nominated work. If it is a book, please submit the title, publisher, and ISBN to SlideRoom. If the work is the text for a musical composition, the printed score with text along with a sound recording of the performed work must be uploaded to SlideRoom. Please email lillyfellows.program@valpo.edu with any questions.
  • The author's curriculum vitae

5. All nomination materials must be submitted to SlideRoom here

6. Nomination deadline: March 1, 2022. Nominations received after this date cannot be considered.

Future subjects of the Arlin G. Meyer Prize: 2024 Visual Arts.

To download a flyer, click here.

To see past winners of the Meyer prize, click here.

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