Make History with the Guild Literary Complex this January 

Join us for the First Ever
Leon Forrest Prose Awards

Hosted by
Guild Literary Complex
The Promontory

With Emcee Mario Smith and  Special Guest Marianne Forrest

See you Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:30-9:30 PM

5311 South Lake Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615

Click HERE to get your Leon Forrest Prose Awards tickets today, and be sure to make a reservation at the Promontory
for dinner and drinks before the event! 

About the Leon Forrest Prose Awards: 
A judged writing competition with the chance to win 
$500 in Non-Fiction, and $500 in Fiction, 
the Guild Literary Complex Prose Awards has held a place in Chicago’s writing community for over a decade.  
This year, however, competition is even tougher with the added cache of Leon Forrest’s legacy.
Great Chicago writers have submitted work to the Guild Complex for their chance to take home the first ever 
Leon Forrest Prose Award Prizes! 

Come see history in the making on January 11th, 2017.
Semi-Finalists will be announced Monday, January 9th


About Leon Forrest

Leon Forrest in Chicago Leon Forrest was a Chicago author of fiction and essays, whose long career as a writer was celebrated not only in Chicago, but with national renown.  His work is dense, and rich with the vibrancy and darkness of Chicago, and as Henry Louis Gates called Forrest’s Divine Days “The War and Peace of African-American Literature.”

Conducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in 2014, they say of Forrest, “His stream-of-consciousness writing concerned the legacy of slavery and earned him a place on Chicago magazine’s “Most Important Chicagoans of the 20th Century.” His novels are set in a mythical Forrest County that closely resembles Chicago. His third novel, “Two Wings to Veil My Face” (1984), won the Society of Midland Authors Award for adult fiction, the DuSable Museum Certificate of Merit and Achievement in Fiction, the Carl Sandburg Award and the Friends of Literature Prize. His fourth book, “Divine Days” (1992), won the Chicago Sun-Times Book of the Year Award for local fiction.

Forrest served as president of the Society of Midland Authors, as well as wrote for numerous South Side Chicago newspapers during his long literary career. He was a professor at Northwestern University serving there from 1973 until his death in 2001, and was the head of the African American Studies Department from 1985-1994.  His work still carries with it the weight of a great writer whose gifts are not diminished, but rather extended with time.

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