Scott Blackwood wins Whiting
Writers’ Award for debut novel
By Billi London-Gray
Texas State University alumnus Scott Blackwood is a writer on the rise. Yesterday, Oct. 25, he received a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award, one of the most prestigious and sought-after awards for young writers, at a ceremony in New York City.
These $50,000 awards, given since 1985, annually recognize 10 emerging writers “based on accomplishment and promise,” according to the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the organization that funds the awards in addition to supporting other work in the humanities.
The award follows the publication of Blackwood’s debut novel, We Agreed to Meet Just Here, which also won the AWP Prize for the Novel, the Texas Institute of Letters Award for best fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award for fiction. Continue reading