Awards, Grants, and Fellowships
awards, grants and fellowships
The Kerlan Essay Award
The Friends of the Kerlan Collection are pleased to announce the annual award to be presented in 2014 for an outstanding paper written during the preceding school year by a college or university student using the resources of the Children’s Literature Research Collections. This award will consist of a citation and the sum of three hundred dollars. The purpose of the award is to promote the use of the Kerlan Collection, and it is given in recognition of outstanding research utilizing original resources available in the Kerlan Collection.
In evaluating the papers, judges will emphasize the formulation of a research topic that provides a contribution to knowledge and utilizes original resources, especially manuscripts and illustrations in the CLRC. The writing style and organization of the paper are also important. The deadline for all entries is June 1, 2014.
Criteria and Rules for Entering:
- Manuscripts of any length will be considered. They must have been completed between June 1, 2013 and June 1, 2014.
- Three copies of the essay must be submitted the Kerlan Essay Award, 113 Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota, 222 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Postmarked by June 1, 2014.
- If previously published, submit the final publication; if unpublished, the paper should be word processed, double spaced on 8 1/2” x 11” paper, and include full references, including the Children’s Literature Research Collections resources used. Prepare a cover sheet which includes name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and origin of the paper (e.g., prepared for a course at X college, prepared for Y publication). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript itself in order to insure a blind review.
- The Kerlan Friends serve as judges, and their decision is final. They will consider: 1) description of the nature and use of unique Children’s Literature Research Collections resources; 2) scholarship in the execution of the study; 3) clarity of the writing style; and 4) significance of the research topic in advancing understanding of children’s literature, the writing process, the publication process, the nature of archival research, or other related disciplines. In any given year, the judges may choose to give no award.
Past recipients of the Kerlan essay award include:
|1994 Jane Gulden||“Number the Stars: A Favorite Story.” Based on materials by Lois Lowry.|
|1995 Diane Prindle||“Meet Caddie Woodlawn.”|
1996 No winner
|1997 Cheryl Cooke||
“Tracing the Writing Process: How Does an Author Begin?” A study of selected works by Katherine Paterson.
1998 No winner
1999 No winner
2000 No winner
|2001 Deb Kruse-Field||“Inventing a Voice: Karen Hesse’s Creation of Voice in The Music of Dolphins”|
2002 No winner
2003 No winner
2004 Jessica Dockter
2004 Sarah Hansen
“From Dear Me to Dear Reader: Kate DiCamillo’s Evolving Self-Talk in The Tale of Desperaux ”
“From Sparks to Fireworks: Barbara Juster Esbensen’s Revision of Cold Stars and Fireflies ”
2005 No winner
|2006 Mary Ballsrud||“Truth is as Strange as Fiction in Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Novel, The Keeper”|
|2007 Beth Brendler||
"Discovering Billie Jo: Karen Hesse's Journey to Find Her Protagonist in Out of the Dust ."
|2008 No winner|
|2009 No winner|
|2010 Lauren Causey||"Spotting Indigo Angels: Locating Personal Connection in Nikki Grimes' My Man Blue"|
|2011 Rachel Smoka-Richardson||"Developing Character Through Revision: Examining the Evolution of Because of Winn-Dixie."|
The Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship
The Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation provides $1,500 to a “talented writer and/or illustrator of children’s books who wishes to use the Kerlan Collection for the furtherance of his or her artistic development.”
This fellowship is intended to provide financial assistance for writers and illustrators who wish to use the original manuscripts, illustrations, and books of the Kerlan Collection in course of their professional development. Special consideration will be given to those who would find it difficult to finance a visit to the Kerlan Collection.
The Ezra Jack Keats Fellowship recipient will receive funds for travel expenses and a per diem allotment. Applications for 2014 must be postmarked by January 30, 2014. The winner will be notified by February, 2014. Study and written report must be completed during the 2014 calendar year.
For paper copies of the application send a request including a large size (6" x 9" or 9" x 12") self-addressed, $.97 postage paid envelope to the address below:
Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Collection Memorial Fellowship
113 Andersen Library
222 - 21st Avenue South
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis , MN 55455
Otherwise, download the application here.
Past recipients of the Ezra Jack Keats Fellowship include:
|1985 Ilse Plume||2000 Hilary Janeway Smith|
|1986 Ellen Stoll Walsh||2001 No winner|
|1987 Richard Jesse Watson||2002 Chip Houser and Lori McElrath-Eslick|
|1988 No winner||2003 Kena Sosa|
|1989 Loreen Leedy and Jean Gralley||2004 Daniel Powers|
|1990 Leslie Tryon||2005 No winner|
|1991 Andrea Wyman||2006 No winner|
|1992 Marjorie Allen||2007 Amanda Sheperd|
|1993 Constance Bergum||2008 Kelly Baptist|
|1994 Marc Harshman||2009 Kathleen Wong Bishop and Leslie Ann Hayashi|
|1995 Paula Nourse-Ragland||2010 Dina Weinstein|
|1996 David Pelletier||2011 Ted Anderson|
|1997 No winner|
|1998 Beth Royalty|
|1999 Sandra Ure Griffin|
The Kerlan Award
The Kerlan Award is given “in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s literature.” Individuals from all areas of children's literature, including authors, illustrators, editors, publishers, and educators, are eligible for this honor.
The Kerlan Award committee invites nominations for the forthcoming Kerlan Award. The Kerlan Award nominations are due in the fall and the award is presented in the spring. You may suggest as many names as you wish, but list them in order of priority, with the highest recommendation first. Submissions for the 2012 Award are due October 15, 2011.
For more information, please call 612-624-4576.
Past recipients of the Kerlan Award include:
The Kerlan Awards in Children's Literature
|1980 Glen Rounds||1990 Madeline L'Engle|
|1981 Tomie dePaola||1991 Leonard Everett Fisher|
|1982 Jean Craghead George||1992 Barbara Cooney|
|1983 Katherine Paterson||1993 Mary Stolz|
|1984 Margaret Wise Brown and her Editors and Illustrators||1994 Myra Cohn Livingston|
|1975 Marie Hall Ets, Marguerite Henry, and Elizabeth Coatsworth||1985 Eleanor Cameron||1995 Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and Margot Tomes|
|1976 Roger Duvoison||1986 Charlotte Zolotow||1996 Marion Dane Bauer and Paul Galdone|
|1977 Wanda Gag||1987 Charles Mikolaycak||1997 Theodore Taylor|
|1978 Carol Ryrie Brink||1988 Jane Yolen||1998 Dahlov Ipcar|
|1979 Margot Zemach||1989 Gail Haley||1999 Eve Bunting, Lois Lenski, Dr. Edward B. Stanford, and Dr. Norine Odland|
|2000 Patricia Lauber||2005 Ted Rand||2010 Nancy Carlson|
|2001 Jane Resh Thomas and Don Freeman||2006 Karen Hesse||2011 Jane Kurtz|
|2002 Joan Lowery Nixon and Barbara Esbensen||2007 Karen Cushman and Louis Slobodkin||2012 Karen Nelson Hoyle|
|2003 Nikki Grimes and Gustaf Tenggren||2008 Walter Dean Myers and Robert Kraus|
|2004 Lois Lowry||2009 Jeanette Winter|
Marilyn Hollinshead Visiting Scholars Fellowship
Marilyn Hollinshead Visiting Scholars Fund for Travel to the Kerlan Collection will be available for research study in 2014. Applicants may request up to $1,500.
Send a letter with the proposed purpose, plan to use specific research materials (manuscripts and art), dates, and budget (including airfare and per diem) to Marilyn Hollinshead Visiting Scholars Fellowship, 113 Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S. Mpls, MN 55455.
The application deadline is January 30 , 2014. Travel and a written report on the project must be completed and submitted in 2014.
Past recipients of the Marilyn Hollinshead Visiting Scholars Fellowship:
|2005 Connie Ann Kirk||
Conducted research for her forthcoming 3-volume Encyclopedia of American Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
|2005 Jean M. Stevenson||
Researched material in preparation of a book proposal titled Nurturing the Writer: The Edited Correspondence of Myra Cohn Livingston and Margaret K. McElderry from 1946-1971.
|2006 Sandra Imdieke||
Researched fiction written in unique structures or formats, sometimes referred to as multi-genre literature.
|2007 Fenice B. Boyd||
Will investigate the original manuscript materials for Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose and Lois Lowry’s The Giver.
|2008 Helen Kopec||
|2009 Lawrence P. Sipe||
|2010 Randy Bomer and Nancy Roser||
|2011 Sylvia Vardell [visited in 2010]||