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Merritt Tierce Awarded Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fiction writer and Workshop alumna Merritt Tierce (MFA, 2011) will receive a 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers.

Celebrating its 17th year, the Rona Jaffe Awards have helped many women build successful writing careers by offering encouragement and financial support at a critical time. Tierce is currently working on a collection of linked stories, Love Me Back, loosely based on her years of waiting tables at a Texas steakhouse. Her Rona Jaffe Award will allow her to work fewer hours and give her the “emotional, physical, and creative energy” to complete her book during the next year.

The Awards of $25,000 each will be presented to the six award recipients on September 22nd in New York City.

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