Veterans’ Anthology Wins Stars and Flags Book Award Gold Medal

proudtobeCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 14, 2014 – “Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 1,” published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council and Warriors Arts Alliance, has won the 2013 Stars and Flags Book Award gold medal for an anthology.

A national contest, the Stars and Flags Book Awards program was established six years ago in order to promote books that have a connection to the military and to support veterans. The judges are historians, educators and authors, many of whom are veterans themselves.

The anthology includes poetry, short fiction, essays, and photography by military veterans and their families from across the nation, including writing about WWI, WWII, Viet Nam, the Gulf Conflict, Afghanistan and Iraq. The volume also sponsored a veterans’ writing competition with stellar judges Mark Bowden (“Black Hawk Down”), Brian Turner (“Here, Bullet”) and William Trent Pancoast (“Wildcat!”). The winners and finalists are showcased in the front of the anthology.

“Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 1” (2012) was the first in an annual series of anthologies coordinated by Southeast Missouri State University Press, the Missouri Humanities Council and Warriors Arts Alliance. Volume 2 was released in November 2013 in a dual launch at St. Louis’s Mercantile Library and the St. Louis Public Library. Both volumes will be featured at the State Historical Society’s Research Center in Columbia, Mo., on March 13 with a reception and book signing, tours of the University of Missouri Veterans Center and an exhibit that includes the “Year of Peril” series of World War II paintings by Thomas Hart Benton.

The two volumes of “Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors” are available from Amazon.com online, Barnes and Noble online, and from the University Press at http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/books/Full_Catalog.htm.

Guidelines for a call for submissions to Volume 3 can be found at http://www6.semo.edu/universitypress/Contests/PTB_Contest.htm.