The Biographers International Organization announced it will be awarding its inaugural Rowley Prize for Best Proposal for a First Biography on May 17, 2014 at the Compleat Biographer Conference in Boston.

Intended to provide recognition and funding for a debut biographer, the prize is named in memory of author and one of the founding members of BIO, Hazel Rowley. Before Rowley's death at the age of 59 in 2011, she authored Christina Stead: A Biography, Richard Wright: The Life and Times, Tȇte-à-Tȇte: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.

“The prize is a perfect way to honor Hazel Rowley,” said James McGrath Morris, BIO president. “It will both celebrate the work she did and give a leg up to a deserving biographer. We are in the debt of the hard-working prize committee and the many BIO members who donated to the fund.”

The winner will receive $2,000, a careful reading from an established literary agent, and a year's membership in BIO. For details regarding eligibility and entry requirements, click here.