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THE SOCIETY OF MIDLAND AUTHORS

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About the SMA

When fifty writers formed the Society of Midland Authors on April 24, 1915, their objectives included "a closer association among the writers of the Middle West" and "the stimulation of creative literary effort." A century later, the Society still accomplishes those goals — hosting literary events, honoring the region's best books with annual awards, and connecting its members with a newsletter, Twitter and other channels.

LITERARY EVENTS
The Society hosts literary events, which are free and open to the public. See our events page for details of upcoming programs. Chicago Public Radio's audio recordings of our programs, including author lectures and panel discussions, can be heard at http://www.wbez.org/users/society-midland-authors-0

OUR HISTORY
The Society's founding authors included Clarence Darrow, Harriet Monroe, Hamlin Garland, Edna Ferber, Vachel Lindsay, George Ade, Mary Hastings Bradley, Emerson Hough, Howard Vincent O'Brien, James Whitcomb Riley and William Allen White. Others who joined soon afterward were Jane Addams, Ring Lardner, Edgar Lee Masters, John T. McCutcheon and Lorado Taft.

Crediting John M. Stahl with sparking the idea of an authors organization, the Society's first president, Hobart Chatfield-Taylor, wrote: "None but a bold man would have sought to weld such individualistic — dare I say egotistic? — creatures as authors into a society of any sort."

OUR REGION
Based in Chicago, the Society includes published authors from twelve states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

AWARDS
Since 1957, the Society has presented annual awards for the best books written by Midwestern authors. Notable winners of the juried competition have included Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mike Royko, Jane Smiley, Dempsey Travis, Leon Forrest, William Maxwell, Louise Erdrich, Scott Turow, Alex Kotlowitz, Aleksandar Hemon, Stuart Dybek, Roger Ebert and many more.

The award categories are Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Biography, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction and Poetry.

See http://midlandauthors.com/winners_past.html for full list of past winners and runners-up. Also watch this website near the end of each year for details on how to enter the contest.

ONLINE PRESENCE
This website features information on the Society's public events and annual awards. The website promotes new book by Society members. Member authors are featured in a speakers bureau on the site.

The Society is also on Facebook at facebook.com/midlandauthors.

And follow us on Twitter at @midlandauthors and @BiblioFileSMA for news on Midwestern authors and links to articles on writing and publishing.

HOW TO JOIN
Members must be current or former residents of the twelve Midland states. Each member is the author or co-author of a book demonstrating literary style and published by a recognized publisher, or the author of a published or professionally produced play. The Society also includes associate members — people with a connection to literature, such as librarians, teachers, publishers and editors.

To join, a writer must be nominated by a current Society member. Authors interested in joining may contact the Society through the form and email addresses at midlandauthors.com/contact.html.

Members receive a subscription to Literary License — a newsletter packed with news about the latest books and activities by the Society's authors — as well as a yearbook including addresses and contact information for fellow members.

NONPROFIT
The Society, a nonprofit corporation run completely by the volunteer efforts of its members, welcomes contributions to help support our awards program and other activities. Contributions are tax-deductible.


MEMBER RESOURCES:
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Midland State Affiliates of the Library of Congress Permitting Author Entries
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Audio:
SMA programs and events recorded by Chicago Public Radio's Chicago Amplified





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Celebrate the History of Route 66 …on its 90th Anniversary

What: Society of Midland Authors monthly meeting
When: Monday, Sept. 12, 2016; 6:00 to 7:15 pm
Where: Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State St.
Free and open to the public

Two experts will discuss how Route 66 developed; spurred automotive travel; became the star of its own TV show; transported everything from military convoys to family vacationers; and can still be traveled today—right through Chicago.

Susan Croce Kelly wrote Father of Route 66: The Story of Cy Avery and Route 66: The Highway and Its People. How did Route 66 become an American icon? The times, the need and the location all played a role. But Kelly will tell how Oklahoman Cy Avery turned a series of disconnected dirt tracks into a great sweeping highway, gave it a number, and with a 3,400-mile footrace in 1928 focused worldwide attention on it.

David Clark wrote Route 66 in Chicago and Exploring Route 66 in Chicagoland. In addition, he conducts lively tours about the history of Route 66, its impact on Chicago and the many remnants that can still be enjoyed. Clark will discuss the current state of Route 66 and present scores of colorful maps and images that will allow you to travel the country’s most famous highway through time—and along the streets of Chicago.

For more information, contact Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968; gborzo@comcast.net

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