Simpson Literary Project


If there is a book you want to read, but hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. 



The Simpson/Joyce carol oates Prize

The Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize recognizes annually a mid-career writer who has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of readers. Prize recipients will be authors of fiction at the relatively middle stage of a burgeoning career. The Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize Recipient receives a $50,000 award to encourage and support forthcoming work. The winner will give a public reading, make a limited number of public appearances, and be in brief residence at the Lafayette Library and the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more.


Joyce Carol Oates is Writer-in-Residence at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation. She will give a public reading and engage with librarians and younger writers in the Bay Area. 


Simpsonistas: Tales from the Simpson Family Literary Project, Vol. 1 highlights brilliant work by associates of the Simpson Project: Joyce Carol Oates, Anthony Marra, T. Geronimo Johnson, Samantha Hunt, Lori Ostlund, Martin Pousson, Ben Fountain, and many others, including Simpson Fellows as well as young writers appearing for the first time in print. Johnson and Marra were Simpson Prize Winners; Fountain, Hunt, Ostlund, and Pousson were Prize Finalists. Learn more.


The University of California, Berkeley, English Department designates a number of graduate students Simpson Fellows. In concert with Creative Writing faculty, Simpson Fellows collaborate with selected public high school faculty, librarians, and students in the Bay Area to promote creative writing in the schools and libraries by conducting workshops in diverse communities. The Simpson Project conducts writing workshops at Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall, Girls Inc. Alameda County, and Northgate High School.