Hazel Rowley Prize

In 2013 Biographers International Organization (BIO) established the Hazel Rowley Prize for Best Proposal from a First-time Biographer. The winner receives $2,000, a careful reading from at least one established literary agent and a year’s membership in BIO.

The prize was given in memory of Hazel Rowley who was a BIO enthusiast from its inception, understanding the need for biographers to help each other. She was a passionate advocate for the art and craft of biography and a writer of exacting standards. This prize was given to acknowledge Hazel’s contribution to both BIO and biography writing.

The prize has been awarded to the following people:

2020   Jay Prosser, working on a biography exploring one Jewish family’s experiences and connections across empires and centuries

2019   Barbara Fisher, working on a biography of the influential cultural critic Lionel Trilling

2018   Andrew D Scrimgeour, working on The Man Who Tried to Save Jesus: Robert W. Funk and The Jesus Seminar, about one of the most controversial figures in modern biblical scholarship

2017   Diana Parsell, working on a biography of intrepid American traveller Eliza Scidmore

2016   Robert Marshall, working on a biography of author Carlos Castaneda

2014   Holly Van Leuven, working on a biography of entertainer Ray Bolger