"And all members can be proud of the Society's effort to promote fledgling literary talent in the spirit of James Jones, who received similar support when he was launching his literary career and made a point of extending a helping hand to other struggling writers once his own talent had been recognized." --Margot Nightingale, Secretary, James Jones Literary Society

New Wilkes University Page With First Novel Fellowship Guidelines

2013: Margot Singer; Runner-Up: Timothy Brandoff; Runner-Up: Jennifer Davis; Honorable Mention: Tamara Titus

2012: Lise Brody; First Runner Up: Andrea Levin; Runner Up: Viet Nguyen; Honorable Mention: Victoria Kelley

2011: Robert Shuster

2010: Gina Ventre ; Runnersup are David Kim and Laura Walter

2009: Tena Russ; Runnersup are Michael Schiavone and Christine Wade

2008: Margarite Landry; Runnersup are Matthew Dillon and  Nicholas Gerogiannis

2007: Robin Oliveira awarded James Jones First Novel Fellowship; Elizabeth Wetmore is Runnerup

2006: Herta Feely Receives 14th Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship; Matt D'Agostino is Runnerup

2005: Anne Campisi Receives 13th Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship; Irwin Greenstein is Runnerup

2004: John E. Smelcer Receives 12th Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship

2003: Laine Cunningham Recipient of 11th Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship

2002: Linda Busby Parker Receives Tenth Annual First Novel Fellowship; E.A. Bagby is Runnerup

2001: Ray Cristina Recipient of Ninth Annual James Jones First Novel Fellowship

2000: Steven Phillip Policoff : Writing Teacher Wins 2000 James Jones First Novel Fellowship

1999: Louise Wareham: 7th Annual First Novel Award Recipient

1998: Judith Barnes Receives 1998 James Jones First Novel Fellowship

1997: Leslie Schwartz: Fellowship Recipient Signs With Literary Agency

1996: Greg Hrbek: Vasser Instructor Receives 1996 First Novel Award

1995: Rick Bass and Tanuja Desai Hidier: James Jones First Novelist Award Winners!

1994: Prize Winner Has Novel Published: The James Jones Literary Society Congratulates Mary Kay Zuravleff On Publication of The Frequency of Souls

1993: Nancy Flynn, "Eden Undone" : First Fellowship Recipient