Casey H. Rawson, doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), is a winner of the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) annual writing competition. The purpose of the writing competition is to honor the writers of the best articles and posts submitted to YALSA’s journals and blogs.
Rawson was awarded for having the best article published in the spring issue of The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults Vol. 1, Number 3. Her article titled, “Are All Lists Created Equal? Diversity in Award-Winning and Bestselling Young Adult Fiction,” describes the importance of adolescent and young adult literature that reflects a variety of demographics.
The award includes a plaque and $500. According to the YALSA Writing Award Web page, contest submissions were judged on “applicability to a variety of library settings, originality of ideas, timeliness, relevance to young adult librarianship, persuasiveness of arguments, quality of writing, clarity of presentation, and contribution to the YALSA membership.”
The selection process is extremely competitive with editors of each of YALSA’s publications submitting the year’s top five articles to a Writing Award Jury. The articles are then reviewed carefully by the selection committee and from the groups of submissions, winners are chosen.
One other journal article was selected from Young Adult Library Services, and two posts were selected from the YALSABlog and The Hub. Award recipients will be recognized at the YALSA annual membership meeting, as well as in YALSA’s Twitter feed, Web site, blogs and other media sources.