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2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction Application & Support Programs

For Immediate Release:


Brian McGuigan (he/him)

Program Director

206.467.8734 x23

1.866.21.TRUST (toll free)

June 26, 2017 – Artist Trust is now accepting applications for the 2017 LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction from exceptional fiction writers based in Washington State. The award is an unrestricted grant of $10,000 recognizing an individual literary artist working in fiction. The full list of guidelines and requirements for this year’s award can be viewed on the Artist Trust’s website. Applications are accepted through Submittable, which can be accessed at The deadline to submit is August 28, 2017, midnight PST.

Established in 2015, the LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction is funded completely by a generous contribution from Gar LaSalle. The merit-based award was created by LaSalle to honor the venerable tradition of storytelling and the master storytellers who add the color to the arc of our existence. Past award recipients were Anca L.Szilágyi (2015) and Peter Mountford (2016).

Currently in its third year, it was announced in June that the LaSalle Storyteller Award in Fiction has been extended and will continue to be awarded annually until the year 2020. “Since its inception, the LaSalle Storyteller Award has recognized and honored talented literary artists working in Washington State and we look forward to awarding many more through this grant,” says Shannon Halberstadt, Artist Trust’s Chief Executive Officer. “We thank Gar LaSalle for his continued support of individual artists and look forward to this year’s applications.”

On July 19, Artist Trust’s Program Director Brian McGuigan will host an hour-long webinar, which will walk applicants through different components of the application, answer commonly asked questions, introduce our new grant application system, and take questions from attendees. Interested applicants can register here.

In addition to an informative webinar, Artist Trust’s Programs staff will provide one-on-one consultation for prospective applicants through Office Hours, a free grant writing support program. Appointments are 20 minutes and are available in person or via telephone.
• July 8, 11AM-4PM | Mineral School, Mineral, WA. View more details on Facebook.
• July 31, 12-3PM | Artist Trust, Seattle, WA. RSVP on Slottr.
• August 16, 1-4PM | Hugo House, Seattle, WA. RSVP on Slottr.

About Gar LaSalle
A physician, sculptor, award-winning filmmaker and author, Gar LaSalle has been honored widely in both the medical and fine arts communities for his leadership and creativity. He has earned acclaim for his historical fiction, including Widow Walk, and its sequel, Isthmus. His first feature-length film, Diary of a Moonlighter, was produced in 1976 and aired on the PBS series P.O.V. LaSalle writes from his home in Seattle and sculpts in his studio on Maury Island.

About Artist Trust
Artist Trust is a nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. Since its founding in 1986, Artist Trust has invested over $10 million in individual artists through grant programs, and provides a comprehensive suite of professional development training and resources to help artists achieve their career goals. Learn more at