Scott Meyer Award

Millbrook Literary Festival Founder, Scott Meyer

Festival founder Scott Meyer loved to encourage reading and writing of every kind. In honor of his work and passion, the Millbrook Literary Festival will present an annual award for a different genre each year to a Hudson/Harlem Valley writer.

This year we will award $300 for an unpublished 750-word essay on any subject.  The winning essay will be selected from among finalists by award-winning author and essayist Karen Kaufman Orloff, whose humorous column on family life has appeared in The Poughkeepsie Journal for twenty years.  The winner will be interviewed by Rona Boyer and featured in Living Millbrook Magazine. Two runners-up will each receive $50 gift cards to Merritt Bookstore. Deadline for all entries is April 15, 2017.  Only one entry per writer will be accepted.  Three finalists will be notified by May 1, 2017.

The first place winner will be announced at the festival. Winner and two runners-up must be present at the Millbrook Literary Festival, May 20, 2017, to receive their prizes.


Scott with Jane Goodall
Scott with Jane Goodall

Fee and Entry Requirements: Open to all Hudson/Harlem Valley writers eighteen or over.  (Under eighteen? See our Young Writers Showcase program.) Submissions must be accompanied by a $5.00 fee. Essays should not exceed 750 words and cannot be traditionally published at time of submission. One entry per person, please. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins. Include the title in the manuscript, but do not include your name on the manuscript. Send your name, telephone number, email address and essay title in your email or cover letter. Submissions will be accepted beginning February 1, 2017.

Email your PDF submission to  Pay the $5 entry fee through PayPal, or send a hard copy in the mail along with a check for your $5 entry fee to  Millbrook Literary Festival, P.O. Box 1349, Millbrook, NY 12545.

All rights remain with the author.

Initial judging will be done by the Millbrook Literary Festival committee, which includes published authors, editors, and other book professionals.  The grand prize winner will be selected from among the three finalists by award-winning author and essayist Karen Kaufman Orloff.  Festival committee members and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter.

Congratulations to
Ray Fashona, winner of the 2016 Scott Meyer Award!  Read the winning story here: Shopping For Death In Poughkeepsie (Caution – Contains strong language. All rights remain with the author.)

About Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer was known as the owner of Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook for over thirty years, but his world was so much more. Scott’s optimism knew no bounds. He had a passion for science and all of the directions it leads. He was devoted to coaching youth sports and working with young people. He was an active member of the Millbrook community for thirty-two years, serving on numerous boards, with a constant vision to enliven the community with activity. Scott was one of the original booksellers featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio – Albany Weekly Book Picks segment. He was master of ceremonies for the Mid-Hudson Library System “Battle of the Books” during its first years. He was an active Rotarian and initially hosted RadioRotary, a weekly radio program where he interviewed a broad spectrum of experts in a variety of fields. Scott was a true role model and he positively influenced all those he came in contact with. Scott was the inspiration behind establishment of the Millbrook Literary Festival, now an annual event that attracts authors and visitors from near and far. He connected people with books and ideas, and people with people.

Author and friend Da Chen (Colors of the Mountain, Sounds of the River) described Scott’s love of books most eloquently:

“…you love putting good books in readers’ hands…
the love becomes so tangible and palpable that
you actually make books seem like gold,
like something that one must have
if he wishes to live another breath.”

We hope to honor Scott and his magnanimous spirit by continuing the Millbrook Literary Festival under his original vision and recognizing local authors through the Scott Meyer Award.