In recognition of the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society, The Rona Jaffe Foundation is giving its twenty-second annual Writers’ Awards under a program that identifies and supports women writers of exceptional talent. The emphasis is on those in the early stages of their writing careers. This unique program offers grants to writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry to make writing time available and provide assistance for such specific purposes as child care, research and related travel costs.

Six emerging women writers have been singled out for excellence by the Foundation and will receive awards of $30,000 each. The 2016 winners are Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Danielle Geller, Jamey Hatley, Ladee Hubbard, Airea D. Matthews, and Asako Serizawa.

Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards program in 1995. It is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively. Since the program began, the Foundation has awarded over $2 million to emergent women writers.

Ms. Jaffe was the author of sixteen books, including Class Reunion, Family Secrets, The Road Taken, and The Room-Mating Season (2003). Her 1958 best-selling first novel, The Best of Everything, was reissued by Penguin in 2005.

Note: The Foundation does
not accept unsolicited
applications or nominations.





It is urgent for us to create meaning and stories where we’ve been told they have no worth. To defy “received” histories, and pave the way for more complex, radically divergent refractions of reality. To chronicle forgotten lives, do justice to the overlooked triumphs and discontents, the separations, the heartbreak. To remember and record loss, fight against forgetting, to make art that is not only adequate to the task but to suffuse it with the exigencies of beauty. To write until it hurts, until the hurting sings.                                            

Cristina García

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2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards Winners

(clockwise from top left): Airea D. Matthews, Asako Serizawa,

Ladee Hubbard, Jamey Hatley, Danielle Geller, and

Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas




2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards Winners

September 15th Awards Celebration, New York City

(l-r): Ladee Hubbard, Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Danielle Geller, Cristina García (guest speaker), Jamey Hatley, Airea D. Matthews, Asako Serizawa

photo by Star Black



> Listen to 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards Reading, New York University, September 16, 2016


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                                          2016 Guest Speaker - Cristina García

                                                            photo by Star Black