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St. Louis Literary Award

For the past 50 years, the Saint Louis University Library Associates has conferred the St. Louis Literary Award on the most important writers of our time and celebrate the contributions of literature in enriching our lives. The St. Louis Literary Award is known as one of the top literary prizes in the country.

The Saint Louis Literary Award recognizes a living writer with a substantial body of work that has enriched our literary heritage by deepening our insight into the human condition and by expanding the scope of our compassion. It is presented annually by the Saint Louis University Library Associates in support of their mission to enhance the collections, programs, and services of the Saint Louis University Libraries.

From 1967 until 1981, the award was known as the Messing Award in honor of Roswell and Wilma Messing, Jr., who provided the initial funding for the prize. The highlight of each year, at least since 1967, has been the selection of the recipient and the presentation of the St. Louis Literary Award to a distinguished figure in literature.

Recipients of the Saint Louis Literary Award

The list of awardees of this prize reflects numerous Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and National Book Award recipients.

2021 Campus Read

St. Louis Literary Award Winner Zadie Smith Campus Read Program

Craft Talks at Saint Louis University Series

The Saint Louis University Craft Talks is a series about creativity in all its forms. In each episode, our host, Edward Ibur, interviews writers, artists, educators and other visionaries to explore their creative processes and world perspectives. We peer inside the minds of creators and teachers who share their thoughts, opinions and beliefs with the world in captivating formats.

Listen to the Craft Talks