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Randall Albers Young Writers Award Ceremony

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Reception Hall (lower level)
Chicago, IL 

Randall Albers

In keeping with our commitment to encouraging and promoting young writers in and around the city, the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame hosted an awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Randall Albers Young Writers Award. The event was held at the Harold Washington Library Center and featured a presentation of awards along with readings from our winners. A reception followed. 

About Randall Albers

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago, Randall Albers was founding Producer of the long-running Story Week Festival of Writers, received the Columbia College Teaching Excellence Award, and, as chair of the Fiction Writing Department, fostered innovative interdisciplinary and community-based arts work in Chicago, and led development of abroad programs in Moscow, Prague, Florence, Bath, and Rome. A Story Workshop® Master Teacher, he has been a visiting professor at England’s Bath Spa University, has lectured at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on the teaching of creative writing. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarly work have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Chicago Review, TriQuarterly, Writers Digest, Writing in Education, Brevity, F Magazine, and Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck, among others. With Steve May, he authored the lead article in Creative Writing and Education, edited by Graeme Harper; and two chapters from his novel-in-progress, All the World Before Them, have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

As an educator, volunteer, advocate, and mentor, Randall has long supported helping young writers find, develop, and amplify their voices, finding ways for their words and voices to gain a wider audience and full inclusion into local arts and letters.

Randall’s tireless efforts to enhance the city’s literary profile and honor the great diversity and legacy of Chicago writers through encouragement, education, and philanthropy has earned him a cherished place in the hearts and minds of Chicago Literati. 


To Support the Randall Albers Young Writers Award

Please consider supporting Chicago’s young writers by making a tax-deductible donation here, or by sending a check to: Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, 4043 N. Ravenswood Ave., #222, Chicago, IL 60613. (Please note your preference to designate your donation to the Randall Albers Young Writers Award.)

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Associate Board members Kelci Dean and Eric Johnson wait to sign in registered guests in the Harold Washington lobby. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Nadia Raza, whose story "Jack of All Trades" won honorable mention, signs a commemorative poster displayed at the Reception Hall entrance. (Photo by Don Seeley).
CLHOF Board Member Richard Guzman delivers opening remarks to a capacity audience. (Photo by Don Seeley).
CLHOF Board Member Randall Albers, whom the award is named after, gives a stirring speech. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Emcee Alexis Pride introduces the honorees. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Sariyah Hardy receives congratulations after her remarkable reading of her fourth-place story, "Grandfather." (Photo by Don Seeley).
Louise Entereso reads her third-place winning story, "Just Right." (Photo by Don Seeley).
Charlotte Hensley shares her second-place winning story, "Stratified." (Photo by Don Seeley).
Analise Budziak delights the crowd with their winning story, "A Trick of the Light." (Photo by Don Seeley).
Analise accepts the award plaque from Associate Board President Carrie Muehle, who orchestrated the contest and ceremony. (Photo by Don Seeley).
The audience shows its appreciation for all the young writers. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Pictured from left to right: Louise Entereso, Analise Budziak, Nadia Raza, Randy Albers, Rory Dwyer, Charlotte Hensley, Avery Stults, and Sariyah Hardy.. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Authors Kenyatta Rogers and Jeremy T. Wilson, both teachers at The Chicago High School for the Arts, came out to support their students. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Poet David Matthews, also a faculty member at Chi Arts, enjoys the reception with his students. (Photo by Don Seeley).
Bob Boone, founder of Young Chicago Authors, and Billy Lombardo, founder of Polyphony, enjoy a laugh as they wait for the start of the ceremony. (Photo by Don Seeley).
CLHOF Board Secretary, Susan Dennison, talks to Randy. Sheryl Johnston and Mike Burke are seen in the background. (Photo by Don Seeley).

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