Nominations Being Accepted for the 2016 MCB Ardis L. Glenn Prize

A photo of Ardis L. Glenn taken at Wordsworth's Dove Cottage

Ardis L. Glenn, April, 2005

Dove Cottage, Grasmere, The Lake District, England


Recommendations for outstanding books published in 2015 with a Missouri connection are now being accepted for the 2016 Missouri Center for the Book Ardis L. Glenn Prize. Nominations must be submitted by midnight Friday, January 15, 2016.

The Missouri Center for the Book Ardis L. Glenn Prize will be presented annually to honor and celebrate an outstanding printed book with a Missouri connection published in the prior year.  The first annual Ardis L. Glenn Prize will be presented in 2016 and will include a monetary award of $5,000. The purpose of the award is to recognize and reward Missouri writers, illustrators, printers, binders, book artists, and craftspeople.  

How to Suggest a Book for the Glenn Prize:

  1. Complete the online form at   
  2. The Award amount in 2016 will be $5,000.
  3. The deadline for suggesting a book published in 2015 with a Missouri connection is midnight Friday, January 15, 2016.  
  4. The book selected to receive the 2016 Ardis L. Glenn Prize will be announced no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Ardis Lenore [Couchman] Glenn was born in 1922 in Kansas City.  In her early years of employment, Ardis was hired as a secretary by Frank Glenn, who had established his antiquarian bookshop at 312 Ward Parkway in Kansas City in 1933.  The shop specialized in rare books and manuscripts.  The couple married, raising a family in the Rockhill neighborhood.  Upon Frank’s death in 1960, Ardis became the sole proprietor of Glenn Books, then located at 1227 Baltimore in downtown Kansas City.  She retired in 1991.  The commitment of Glenn Books to the art of the book is legendary, maintaining an international reputation for excellence throughout its long continuous history.  Over thirty years of that history was written by Ardis L. Glenn of Missouri.

The Missouri Center for the Book ( (MCB) was established in 1993 to bring the words and ideas of books into the thoughts and lives of Missourians. The MCB is a statewide organization that promotes the importance of books and reading to Missouri residents, celebrates the state’s literary heritage, and recognizes the contributions of Missouri’s authors, book illustrators, booksellers, publishers, librarians, and others involved in the literary arts.  The MCB is an affiliate of the national Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, which was established by law in 1977 to strengthen and celebrate the vital role of books, reading, and libraries in the cultural life of the nation.

For more information, please email Tom Peters, President of the Missouri Center for the Book,  at