Maurer wins nonfiction award

Author and Hamline University writing instructor Claire Rudolf Murphy (left) presented the first annual Frances and Kermit Rudolf Nonfiction Scholarship Award to Forest Lake writer Tracy Nelson Maurer for her manuscript “John Deere, That’s Who!”

Author and Hamline University writing instructor Claire Rudolf Murphy (left) presented the first annual Frances and Kermit Rudolf Nonfiction Scholarship Award to Forest Lake writer Tracy Nelson Maurer for her manuscript “John Deere, That’s Who!”

Local author Tracy Nelson Maurer received Hamline University’s first annual Frances and Kermit Rudolf nonfiction scholarship award for her picture-book manuscript, “John Deere, That’s Who!”

The scholarship provides a $1,000 stipend to the most promising nonfiction manuscript not already accepted by a publisher, according to Mary Rockcastle, Director of creative writing programs at Hamline.

Selection criteria included quality of writing, original research, and innovative format.

All graduates of the Hamline University master of fine arts program in writing for children and young adults from across the U.S. were invited to submit entries to this year’s competition.

Hamline faculty member and author Claire Rudolf Murphy and her siblings established the scholarship as a memorial tribute to their parents.

Sally Doherty, executive editor at Henry Hold Books for Young Readers, judged the 2013 submissions.

Doherty said that Maurer’s winning entry was “a beautifully written story—nice and tight, the way a good picture book should be.”

Maurer graduated from the Hamline MFA program in 2009 and has written more than 90 nonfiction books for children and young adults. She lives with her husband and children in Forest Lake.

The recognition banquet was held on the St. Paul campus on July 21.

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