James Jones First Novel Fellowship 2015 Winners!

James Jones First Novel Fellowship 2015


A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel.  Runners-up will receive $1000. A selection from the winning work is published in Provincetown Arts, and the winner also receives free travel and lodging to attend the James Jones Literary Society Conference.  This year the conference will be held at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

This year, the James Jones Fellowship had a total of 623 submissions.

Below are the top four novels as decided by the judges.

Winner ($10,000):

  • Josie Sigler, Portland, Oregon, is the winner of the James Jones First Novel Fellowship with her manuscript titled The Flying Sampietrini, a novel.

Runners-Up ($1,000):

  • Reed Johnson, Takoma Park, Maryland, is the runner-up winner with his manuscript titled Love in the Afterlife.
  • Crystal Hana Kim, Chicago, Il, is the runner-up winner with her manuscript titled If You Leave Me.

Honorable Mention:

  • Jake Andrews, Iowa City, Iowa, for his manuscript, Fiat Vita. 

2015 Judges:  Kaylie Jones, daughter of James Jones and novelist; Barbara Taylor, novelist and author of Sing In The Morning, Cry At Night; and Taylor Polites, novelist and author of The Rebel Wife.

Thank you to everyone who participated.


Symposium To Celebrate 1st Novel Authors


Among past winners of the James Jones First Novel prize speaking at the November symposium will be, from left, authors Louise Wareham, Mary Kay Zuravleff, Stephen Policoff and Robin Oliveira.

Symposium to celebrate 1st Novel authors

The lives of 24 writers have been changed after receiving the James Jones First Novel Prize in the past 24 years. Make plans now to attend the 2015 James Jones Literary Society Symposium to hear some of their stories while celebrating the legacy of James Jones.

The symposium will be held Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 5-7, on the Wilkes University campus, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Rooms at a group rate have been reserved at Genetti’s Hotel and Conference Center for members of the JJLS. Contact the hotel at 1-800-833-6152 to make reservations.  The reservations are held under “James Jones Literary Society.”  To register for symposium contact Joyce Anzalone at 570-408-4547 or joyce.anzalone@wilkes.edu.

Program will be posted soon.  

Thursday, Nov. 5

5-7 p.m. opening reception in the hotel bar. Drinks and appetizers hosted by the Wilkes University Creative Writing Program.

7-9 p.m. Private screening (tentative) of From Here to Eternity: The Musical at the R/C Movies complex two blocks from the hotel. The stage production was recorded live in London with the cast of 33 accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra.

Friday, Nov. 6

■ 9 a.m. to noon, JJLS Board meeting, Miller meeting room, Henry Student Center, Wilkes University.

■ 1:30 to 5 p.m. Panels and writing workshops planned.

*Panels will include a discussion and book signings with past winners of the

James Jones First Novel Prize

■ 6-9 p.m. Banquet and readings by 2014 and 2015 James Jones First Novel winners in the ballroom, Henry Student Center, Wilkes University.

Saturday, Nov. 7

■ 9 a.m. to noon JJLS Board meeting.