Emyl Jenkins Award

Author and Writer Advocate Emyl JenkinsTo honor the memory of Emyl Jenkins, who passed away in 2010, James River Writers presents an award to an outstanding individual who, as Emyl did, inspires a love of writing and writing education in Virginia.

An advocate for writers and their readers, Emyl had a knack for connecting both people and organizations. She shared her time and expertise with everyone she encountered. She encouraged writers at all levels, especially fledglings trying to get those first words down on the page. Her generous spirit and enthusiasm rubbed off on everyone she touched, and, like ripples in a pond, her actions widened the circle of writing encouragement.


Award Details

Any Virginia individual is eligible, except for members of the JRW board of directors, the advisory board, or staff.

A panel of judges, chosen from the JRW board of directors and JRW membership to represent different levels of writing experience, will pick the winner. They will choose the nominee who best matches Emyl Jenkins’ efforts to make Virginia a better place for writers, whether by connecting people and/or organizations around the written word, sharing time and expertise about writing, or simply encouraging writers to do what they do.

The winner will receive an award that honors Emyl Jenkins’ work and reflects her style.


Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2020. To make a nomination, complete this nomination form. In no more than 500 words, explain how the nominee makes Virginia a better place for writers. The nomination must include contact information (e-mail and phone) for the nominator and for the person you’re nominating.

The winner will be notified by September 15 and will receive the award at the James River Writers Conference on Sunday, October 11, 2020.

More About Emyl

Jason Tesauro and Lee Gimpel at presentation of 2012 awards.