MLA Literary Award

About the Award

The MLA Literary Award recognizes a Missouri writer or an individual who has written an outstanding book on some aspect of Missouri life. The Award may be given for a body of work or for an outstanding book written during a specific year.


Nomination form

2021 Curating Home: A Kansas City Poetry Anthology, Woodneath Press
2019Phillip HowertonThe Literature of the Ozarks
2018Not Awarded
2013not awarded
2012Kate Klise
2009-2011not awarded
2008Daniel WoodrellWinter's Bone
2007David L. Harrison[body of work]
2006Whitney TerrellThe Huntsman;
The King of Kings County
2005Ron Powers[body of work]
2004not awarded
2003Paulette GilesEnemy Women
2001, 2002not awarded
2000John MortSoldier in Paradise
1999C.W. Gusewelle[Kansas City Star]
1998Dr. Robert Hamblin, Southeast Missouri State University[body of work]
1997Rebecca Schroeder[University of Missouri Press]
1996not awarded
1995Dorothy Heckman ShraderSteamboat Legacy
1995Dr. Douglas WixsonWorker-Writer in America
1992-1994not awarded
1991Paul C. Nagel
1990John MortThe Walnut King