Lillian E. Smith Foundation announces second Annual Writer-in-Service Award

Lillian E. Smith Foundation announces second Annual Writer-in-Service Award

The Lillian E. Smith Foundation is accepting applications for its second annual Writer-in-Service Award, which includes a two-week residency during the summer or fall of 2012, a $500 honorarium, and a $300 travel allowance. The Award is open to U.S. residents working to advance writing and the arts through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc. The postmark deadline is February 1, 2012.

While the work of writing instructors and volunteers is vital to the community, the demands often limit personal writing time. The Writer-in-Service Award residency provides two weeks of peaceful solitude to focus on a new or ongoing writing project. This award provides an opportunity for those writers who like Lillian E. Smith recognize “the power of the arts to transform the lives of all human beings.”

Applications can be downloaded from the Foundation Web site,, or requested at All applications must be sent to Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award, Box 17765, Atlanta, Georgia 30316. Winners will be notified by April 1, 2012.

The mission of The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts is to offer a place where gifted creative artists and scholars in various disciplines may find the conditions of quiet solitude and privacy in which to pursue their work. The Center offers each resident a furnished cottage, which includes a bathroom and a kitchen facility. No meals are provided, but grocery stores are conveniently located in the nearby town of Clayton. It is desirable for a resident to have a car, inasmuch as there is no public transportation.

The 2011 Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award was awarded jointly to Kyes Stevens of Waverly, Alabama, and Mr. Foster Dickson of Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Stevens is the founder, director, and a teaching poet with the Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project at Auburn University. The Project teaches creative writing, promotes literacy, and distributes reading materials in Alabama prisons. Dickson teaches creative writing at the Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Alabama. He was named Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Alabama PTA for the 2009-2010 school year.

Lillian E. Smith, acknowledged as a significant writer and humanitarian, held at the center of her being her function as a creative artist. For most of her life she pursued her own creative destiny at her home in the mountains of North Georgia. It was with her vision in mind that the concept of an artist's retreat on her home site was developed.

The Lillian E. Smith Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. For further information about the Foundation, contact Nancy Smith Fichter at 710 Waverly Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312 or at