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St. Louis Literary Award Programs

For more than 50 years, the St. Louis Literary Award has honored many of the most important writers of our time and celebrated the contributions of literature in enriching our lives. The St. Louis Literary Award is among the oldest and most prestigious of literary prizes in the country.

Overview of Programs

Award Ceremony: Honors the Literary Award recipient at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Features a discussion with the author and performances related to the author’s work. Open to the public with registration. 

Author Craft Talk: Held on campus at Saint Louis University and features discussions about creative processes with the Literary Award Recipient 

Campus Read: Both a Saint Louis University and community-based opportunity to read a specific work by the incoming Literary Award recipient and take part in related activities connected to the book and author 

Campus Read Author Talk and Interview Series: Features discussions led by scholars, artists, and writers around the world on the work of the current award recipient. This online and in-person program is open to the public with registration. 

Inspired by Arts Showcase: One of several student-based competitions open to high school and college students to create a work of visual or literary art that connects with a theme from the Campus Read Book 

Undergraduate Writing Award: Honors undergraduate literary achievement at Saint Louis University in three genres: short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction 

CraftTalks: A video/audio podcast exploring the creative process and perspectives of writers, artists, educators, and other visionaries 

Become a Member of St. Louis Literary Award Programs

Memberships begin at $100 and include:

  • Exclusive invitation to the annual St. Louis Literary Award, which has honored distinguished writers such as Margaret Atwood, Stephen Sondheim, W. H. Auden, Barbara Tuchman, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, Saul Bellow, and Joan Didion, among many others.
  • Access to the unique resources of Saint Louis University Libraries, including the use of comprehensive collections in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Borrowing privileges from Pius XII Memorial Library.
  • St. Louis Literary Award merchandise at every level.


Membership Levels for the Literary Programs

Membership Level Benefits

Contributing Member


  • St. Louis Literary Award merchandise
  • Borrowing privileges at Pius Library and access to unique library resources
  • Exclusive invitations to members-only cultural events and the St. Louis Literary Award ceremony and Author Craft Talks
  • A copy of University Archivist, Emeritus, John Waide's book The Story of the St. Louis Literary Award
  • Participation in the SLU Campus Read featuring book talks and additional programs connected to a featured book written by the current St. Louis Literary Award recipient

Supporting Member


  • All benefits listed above

Literary Member


  • Program recognition
  • All benefits listed above



  • Signed copy of the awardee's work
  • Preferred seating at St. Louis Literary Award event
  • All benefits listed above



  • Four Literary Award reception tickets
  • 1 lb. bag of Kaldis St. Louis Literary Award special blend coffee
  • All benefits listed above


Join Literary Awards Programs Today

On the form, please fill in the dollar amount of the level of membership you would like, based on the categories above. For questions or more information, please contact Donna Neely at 314-977-3100.