Photo courtesy of Delmar T. Oviatt Library

Antoine Wilson (left), winner of the 2017 San Fernando Valley Award for Fiction, with Library Dean Mark Stover (right). 

The Friends of the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge are welcoming submissions for the biennial San Fernando Valley Award for Fiction.

The award — which alternates each year between fiction and nonfiction genres — was designed to showcase the notable role that the San Fernando Valley plays in Los Angeles history and culture, and to recognize compelling creative works with a significant reference to the San Fernando Valley. The winning author receives $1,000.

Eligible works of fiction may be submitted to the Delmar T. Oviatt Library by the author, publisher or any member of the public. All entries must be received by the Oviatt Library no later than Dec. 1. Submissions must be original works of fiction directly related to the San Fernando Valley. The winning author will be honored at an awards reception at CSUN in 2019, to share and discuss their work.

“The San Fernando Valley has been — and continues to be — home to an impressively diverse and prolific population of creative writers,” said Mark Stover, dean of the Oviatt Library. “Writers often provide a view or experience of the San Fernando Valley that is wholly new, even for readers who were born and raised in the Valley.”

In 2017, Antoine Wilson’s “Panorama City” was the inaugural fiction winner. “Panorama City” spent seven weeks on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list when first published in 2012.

For additional information about the San Fernando Valley Awards for Fiction and Nonfiction, and for more Oviatt Library events, visit: