founder of the Paperweight Collectors Association, made many contributions
to the paperweight-collecting hobby, the most enduring of which
were his several books and articles about various aspects of paperweight
manufacture, appreciation, and collecting. To honor his memory
and to keep alive his interest and contribution to the written
word, the Paperweight Collectors Association, Inc. (PCA, Inc.)
has established the Paul Jokelson Writing Prize which is awarded
semi-annually to a member of the PCA, Inc. who authors an article
about collectible glass paperweights and/or their makers that
is published in a local or regional newsletter or similar publication.
The Paul Jokelson
Writing Prize will be awarded in March and October and comprises
a monetary stipend of $300 (US) and the publication of the winning
article in the PCA, Inc. Newsletter immediately following the
announcement. It may also be published in the annual Bulletin
or posted on the PCA, Inc. website.
article will be selected by the Jokelson Writing Prize Committee
from articles that appear in local and/or regional publications
within 180 days of the first of the month when the prize is to
be awarded. Articles from other venues (such as local newspapers
or other collector publications) may also be submitted by local
or regional organizations for consideration.
Prize Selection Criteria
to tax issues, authors may not submit their works directly to
the Prize Committee for evaluation.
Paul Jokelson Writing Prize is open to all PCA, Inc. members
in good standing except those on the current Paul Jokelson Writing
Prize Committee and the current President of the PCA, Inc.
Paul Jokelson Writing Prize can only be won once every two years
by a given individual.
- All winning
articles must be original works produced by the authors. The articles
may contain photographs and/or graphics if they improve the article.
The articles must be at least 250 words in length for consideration;
two to four pages total is recommended. The articles can be in
any of the following five categories:
- a narrative that summarizes research, interviews, or other
activities concerning a glass company, a paperweight artist
or maker, or an exhibit in a museum or other venue.
- a personal narrative that retells a personal anecdote about
article - a story that contains detailed information about
an event (such as a museum exhibit or gallery showing) that
has some element of timeliness to the reader.
article - a semi-critical review of a new book or publication
(or perhaps a review of an older, rare paperweight reference)
- photography, an original cartoon, crossword puzzle, or other
effort not covered by the other categories.
- Once selected,
the winning article author(s) must sign a statement of authorship
and grant the PCA, Inc. limited rights for republication in its
newsletter, the annual Bulletin, and on its website. The original
author(s) retain all copyright and intellectual property rights.
of the Prize Committee is final. The committee may elect not to
award the prize in any period if, in its estimation, no article
meets the requirements.