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Creative writing program alumna awarded prestigious literary grant

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
January 27, 2014

Meghan McCarron

Meghan McCarron

Meghan McCarron, a 2013 graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at Texas State University, has been awarded a prestigious literary grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

The $30,000 grant is in support of McCarron's novel-in-progress, which was her Texas State thesis.

McCarron's short fiction has been featured by, Clarkesworld and Strange Horizons and her 2012 story, "Swift, Brutal Retaliation" was named a finalist for both the the Nebula and World Fantasy awards. Her work has been translated into four languages.

The Elizabeth George Foundation is an organization committed to providing emerging playwrights, short story writers, poets and unpublished novelists with one-time funding that will enable them to live and work for a period of time as a writer. Grant funds may be used for living expenses not to exceed a year, for tuition in accredited MFA programs in the United States, for travel, for research, for artistic residencies, for writers' conferences, or for other efforts designed to promote the goal of giving writers an opportunity to improve, finish or refine their work. In addition, organizations that provide residencies or learning opportunities for fiction writers, poets, or playwrights are eligible. Non-profit organizations that provide services to increase the education, artistic expression and literacy of at-risk youth and of youth transitioning out of foster care may also be considered for funding.

For more information, visit McCarron's website at