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Mark Twain House, Author David Baldacci Establish $25,000 Literary Award

Author, Twain House collaborate on $25,000 book prize

With the help of a best-selling author, the Mark Twain House & Museum is establishing a major annual literary prize.

The Hartford institution is creating the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, which will come with a $25,000 award, donated by best-selling author David Baldacci.

It will be presented to the author whose book, published in calendar year 2015, "best embodies an 'American voice,' not unlike Twain's work on 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'."

The prize will be determined by a panel of judges chosen by Twain House & Museum. 

The establishment of this new award was announced Wednesday night, May 27,  at The Grolier Club in New York City, the oldest existing bibliophilic club in North America, before an audience of authors, publishers, scholars, trustees, and representatives of the American Library Association. Many of the guests were in New York for the annual BookExpo America, the largest publishing event in North America.

"I can think of no better writer to honor in this way than Mark Twain, the man who was the voice of American literature," said Baldacci, a trustee on the Board of The Mark Twain House & Museum, and a driving force behind this new award.

Baldacci's many books include "Absolute Power," "Last Man Standing," "Total Control," "One Summer," "True Blue" and "The Christmas Train."

 Submissions will be accepted through Dec 1. The submission fee is $50 per book. Novels and short story collections published in the calendar year of 2015 will be accepted. No self-publishing submissions will be accepted this year. Works must be written by American authors and published by American publishers. The winner will be announced in 2016. 


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