Lighthouse Writers Workshop is a literary nonprofit center in Denver since 1997. Our mission is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education, support, and community for writers and readers in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. We strive to ensure that literature maintains its proper prominence in the culture, and that individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings.

The Lighthouse Beacon Award was created and initially funded by Lighthouse students to honor a Lighthouse faculty member whose teaching evidences a profound and lasting commitment to student writers and to the craft of writing. It's funded entirely by donations, and you're welcome to make a donation, if you so choose. Whether you make a donation or not does not affect this nomination. All nominations are kept confidential.

Past recipients include:

2019: Joy Sawyer
2018: John Cotter
2017: Rachel Weaver
2016: Victoria Hanley
2015: Benjamin Whitmer
 2014: Erika Krouse
 2013: Chris Ransick
 2012: David Rothman
 2011: Shari Caudron
 2010: Paula Younger
 2009: Alexandre Philippe
 2008: William Haywood Henderson

 Past winners of the award are eligible after a one year grace period. The Beacon Award Committee meets annually to consider these nominations and gives priority to an instructor’s dedication to student writers and the craft of writing. The Beacon Award guidelines allow the committee to consider, among others, the number of classes taught for Lighthouse; the quality and depth of the Instructor’s own writing; and the Instructor’s commitment to Lighthouse Writers. In keeping with Lighthouse’s values, culture, and tradition of creative excellence, the balance of this form may consist of poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, screenplay, or any other variant of the written word.

Young writers in grades 3-12 who've taken a Lighthouse workshop (either in-house, online, or off-site) from September 2020 through August 2021 are welcome to submit up to three typed, double-spaced pages of creative writing for our annual anthology, And We Created Worlds. Work must have been written or started in a Lighthouse workshop between September 2020 and August 2021.


 Learn more about the Young Writers Program

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