NOCCA student wins $5,000 writing prize _lowres

Photo provided by NOCCA—Clara Souvignier reads at the Ruth McEnery Stuart Clan awards event in the Tulane Archive.

A local writing club, the Ruth McEnery Stuart Clan, recently awarded its $5,000 Centennial Literary Prize to Clara Souvignier, a creative writing student at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, where she is also a student in the Academic Studio.

Souvignier’s winning selection has been added to the collection in the Tulane Archive.

The Ruth McEnery Stuart Clan was founded in 1915 as a women’s literary and social club by Judith Hyams Douglas, who named the society after her friend, Ruth McEnery Stuart. Stuart (1856-1917) was a Louisiana-born short -story writer who primarily featured Southern characters. She helped found the Stuart Clan in 1913-1914 while in New Orleans with a small group of women who enjoyed literary discussion.

Current members of the Ruth McEnery Stuart Clan — the second-oldest literary group in existence in New Orleans — kicked off its anniversary year at a Centennial Celebration dinner in mid-March at the Orleans Club. Other centennial year activities include an exhibition of items from the group’s archives in the Tulane University Library special collections department.