Middlebury

May 22, 2002

Contact: Travis Fahey

802-443-5198

tfahey@middlebury.edu

Posted: May 22, 2002

MIDDLEBURY,
VT
- A poet and an author of fiction have won the 2002 Bakeless Literary
Publication Prizes presented by the Middlebury College Bread Loaf Writers'
Conference.

The
prizes, established in honor of a long-time supporter of Middlebury College,
are awarded to aid and encourage writers seeking publication of their
first books. Ursula Hegi, an award-winning author of fiction and former
professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University, chose
Sara Pritchard's "Crackpots" as the winner of the fiction prize.
Yusef Komunyakaa, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet, chose Jennifer Grotz's
"Cusp" for the poetry prize. There were no prize winners in
creative nonfiction for 2002.

The
winners receive fellowships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
in August 2003. Their works are then published in Houghton Mifflin's Mariner
Original Paperback line.

Jennifer Grotz received a master of arts in both poetry and English at
Indiana University in 1996, and completed her bachelor of arts in English
at Tulane University in 1993. She is currently pursuing her doctorate
in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston. Grotz's
poems have appeared in literary journals such as Tri-Quarterly, Ploughshares,
New England Review and Black Warrior Review. Grotz is also the author
of "Not Body," a collection of poetry published in 2001 by Urban
Editions.

Sara
Pritchard is a student in the master of arts program in creative writing
at West Virginia University. She completed her bachelor of arts degree
in English at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa.

Under the pseudonym Delta B. Horne, Pritchard's stories and essays have
been printed in publications such as Northwest Review, Arts & Letters
and Bellingham Review. She is currently the publications coordinator for
Canaan Valley Institute, a non-profit organization based in Thomas, W.Va.

Complete guidelines for the 2003 Bakeless Nason Literary Publication Prizes
are currently available. Judges for the 2003 prizes will be Jay Parini
for fiction, Ted Conover for creative nonfiction and Louise Glück
for poetry. For more information, contact Ian Pounds at Bakeless Prizes,
Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, 05753;
by phone at 802-443-2018; or by

e-mail at bakeless@middlebury.edu.