US Rowley Prize



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

The prize is named in memory of Hazel Rowley who was a long-time resident of the United States. Hazel 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 has been created to acknowledge Hazel’s contribution to both BIO and biography writing.

Holly Van Leuven, a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, is the first recipient of the prize, awarded in May 2014. She is working on a biography of entertainer Ray Bolger.

Click here for the BIO press release announcing the inaugural winner of their prize.