PSU alum wins $30K writing award for showing exceptional promise
Author: Cristina Rojas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Posted: August 30, 2018

Chelsea Bieker, a 2012 graduate of Portland State University's MFA Fiction program, has been named a winner of this year's Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards.

The awards program — the only national literary awards program of its kind devoted exclusively to women — was created by the late novelist Rona Jaffe to identify and support women writers who show exceptional promise in the early stages of their careers. 

Bieker, a fiction and nonfiction writer, is working on her first novel and short story collection as well as a narrative nonfiction project. She and the five other winners will each receive $30,000 as part of the award.

"With this award, I will be able to focus 100 percent on my writing, as well as afford childcare and school costs for my two children," Beiker said. "It's a tremendous and freeing gift and shows that my time spent writing and pursuing a writing career is valued and seen as something worthy of support."