Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 1:46pm

Incredible news for department of English alumna Ashlee (Adams) Crews ( A.B., 2000) who was selected for one of the six 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards and will receive $30,000:

In recognition of the special contributions women writers make to our culture and society, The Rona Jaffe Foundation is giving its nineteenth 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 author of the 1958 best-seller, The Best of Everything, Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) established the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award in 2005. This awards program is a phenomenal effort to support American Arts and Letters, and the Rona Jaffe Writers' Award is the only national literary awards program of its kind dedicated exclusively to women writers. We are obviously proud of and very happy for Crews. The list of our distinguished alumni continues to grow, and with their accomplishments UGA and Franklin College recommit to our mission and to our current students, to being the home of great scholars, scientists, artists and writers.

Image of Ashlee Crews courtesy of the Rona Jaffe Foundation.