We here at YARN are deliriously happy to announce that we are the recipient of a 2011 Innovations in Reading Prize, conferred by the National Book Foundation (yes, that would be the same foundation that presents the National Book Awards!).
In the words of the Foundation, the Prize is awarded to “individuals and institutions—or partnerships between the two—that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. In addition to promoting the best of American literature through the National Book Awards, the Foundation also seeks to expand the audience for literature in America. Through the Innovations in Reading Prizes, those individuals and institutions that use particularly innovative methods to generate excitement and a passionate engagement with books and literature will be rewarded for their creativity and leadership.”
We are so honored, and so grateful.
We want to give special thanks to Terra Elan McVoy and Hanna Howard, who wrote letters of support for YARN. You may remember Hanna’s story “Ruby Riding Hood,” which we published last year, and Terra’s poetry from “After the Kiss,” and her starring role as our celebrity judge for our 2010 Fan-Poetry Contest. (Be sure to check out Terra’s new novel, “The Summer of Firsts and Lasts.”) We are thrilled that Hanna and Terra joined our YARN family and continue to be such an important part of our writing community
A heartfelt thank you to all the writers who took a chance on us as we started out, providing us with their words and ideas. You guys are the shining stars of our little journal.
We also want to give a shout-out to our amazing team of Submissions Readers for reading hundreds of pieces, reflecting on them, and providing feedback in a timely, thoughtful manner. Our Readers (Cathy, Bronwyn, Ivana, Andrea, and Carlos) hold YARN publications to the highest standards and we want to say thank you, in a big way.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to our loyal YARN audience! Without you, there would be no YARN, and there would certainly be no award. The Innovations Prize honors YOU, and your lifelong habit of reading. Please, please continue share your love of words with everyone you know. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give.
Yours in gratitude,
Kerri, Shannon, Colleen, and Lourdes