Frances Mims-Paul Talmadge Literary Advocacy Award
Since 1986, the Board of Governors for the South Academy of Authors has made it the mission of the organization to recognize and celebrate the literary contributions of writers, poets, and playwrights in South Carolina. In 2019, the Board added to that mission the desire to recognize individuals and organizations who exemplify an advocacy for the literary arts in our state with the Frances Mims-Paul Talmadge Literary Advocacy Award.
The Frances Mims-Paul Talmadge Literary Advocacy Award is presented biennially to an organization, person, or persons that demonstrate or have demonstrated long and continuing service to the literary arts in South Carolina.
For the 2021 Frances Mims-Paul Talmadge Literary Advocacy Award, we recognize an individual for her tireless and unparalleled contributions to the literary community and the citizens of South Carolina. An individual who has been dear to the hearts of South Carolinians for several decades, a true champion for bringing the literary arts to the under-represented communities of our state, and a dear, dear friend to so many writers, poets, and playwrights who have benefited from her direction, advice and counsel. We could not think of a more deserving recipient of the 2021 Frances Mims-Paul Talmadge Literary Advocacy Award, the first recipient of this award, than Sara June Goldstein, for whom we all owe a tremendous amount of gratitude, appreciation, and the most earnest affection. Congratulations, Sara June!