Each year the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters honors creative individuals with an award in their specific field.
First bestowed in 1980, these prestigious awards are presented in seven categories: Fiction, Non-fiction, Visual Art, Musical Composition (Concert), Musical Composition (Popular), Photography, and Poetry. The Institute’s juried competition is one-of-a-kind in the state. Our carefully selected judges, chosen from out of state, are prominent in their field. Supported by Mississippi Institutes of Higher Learning, MIAL is privately funded, self-perpetuating, and non-profit.
James Sclater won the award for Classical Music Composition for his six-movement work for voice and piano, Carmine Natura Creaturae, based on poems by Viola Dacus. This is Sclater’s seventh award in this category; his first was in 1981.