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Jane’s Stories Press Foundation announces that nominations are open for the 2022 Clara Johnson Award for Women’s Literature, which will be given to a book published in 2021 that bears the attributes of the award’s namesake. The winner will be awarded $1000 and will receive the award at a ceremony held in late 2022.

The Jane’s Stories Board will choose the finalists from a field nominated by editors, publishers, authors, booksellers, librarians, and readers—literally anyone who loves exciting books. The award is also intended to showcase the presses that publish such work.

A writer may receive the award for a specific work or for a body of work within the year. Works that were published from January through December 2021 will be eligible for the 2022 award. For purposes of this award, women’s literature includes all literary works by women (born or identified).

The award is open to prose of all genres, including, but not limited to, fiction and nonfiction, creative nonfiction, or memoir. All subgenres are welcome, as well, though works in popular categories such as romance and mystery will succeed only if they rise to the level of literature. Genre-bending is encouraged. The only exclusions are works that may be defined as erotica or pornography. Works that denigrate any groups or categories of people will be eliminated, as well.

Nominations can be made from March 8 to May 8, 2022, and emailed to: janesstoriespf.cja@gmail.com.

All nominations must use the nominating form. Please click the link below to open and download the form. Five copies of the nominated work will also be required from the publisher accepting the nomination.


Please include with the nominating form: Cover letter with all current contact information for the author (name, address, phone number, and email address).

For more information about Clara Johnson, and to see past winners and finalists, click Clara Johnson Award at the top of this page.

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