Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) Award WinnersThe Georgia Writers Association recognizes Georgias authors of excellence by presenting the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) Ceremony. The GAYA ceremony has the distinction of being the oldest literary awards ceremony in the Southeastern United States while reflecting the current publishing world. The GAYA honors both independently published authors and those whose books are published by traditional publishing houses. The Awards Ceremony has grown in prestige and participation since its inception in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. The GAYA changed hands in 1990 to Georgia Writers Association (GWA), and in 2006, the GWA began a strong affiliation with Kennesaw State Universitys Department of Humanities. The GAYA covers the traditional categories of Poetry and Fiction while accommodating the growing Creative Non-Fiction genre. In 2012, over 100 books were nominated for Georgia Author of the Year. The guidelines are revised each year to parallel the changing literary marketplace.
The Georgia Writers Association assumed responsibility for the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) shortly after its founding in 1994. The awards were first given in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. Commercially and independently published authors from Georgia are eligible for nomination. Awards in a variety of categories are announced and presented in June at the GAYA ceremony.
Young Georgia Authors' Competition
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The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on. It is open to students in all grades in a Georgia public school and is sponsored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English with the cooperation of the Georgia Department of Education. Each school sent its grade winners to be judged at the district level. Students in all grades, K, submitted their work to the contest in hopes of making it to the statewide competition. Students first compete within their own school system, where winners are chosen and sent to their area RESA for judging. Winners from there go on to compete at the state level. Winners for the state are scheduled to be announced May 1, and they will be hosted at a recognition reception by Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods on May
Stephanie L. Winning entries from the RESA level will now move on to state-level competition for another round of judging. State winners will be announced in May. This writing contest, sponsored by the Georgia Language Arts Supervisors and the Georgia RESA Network with support from the Georgia Department of Education Georgia, is open to students in grades K and includes all types of writing such as short stories, poetry, essay, research reports, and other forms. The purpose of Young Georgia Authors YGA writing competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics. Read Free For 30 Days. Flag for inappropriate content.