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Sponsorships & the Lou Yuhasz Writing Award

Hardship Sponsorships 

Lit Youngstown offers hardship sponsorships for all of its events, including the Fall Literary Festival. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to apply for a sponsorship.


Sponsorships for Participants 

When participants register, they have the option to sponsor a fellow writer. This sponsorship will cover the registration fees for a participant-in-need to participate in a workshop or Fall Literary Festival. We enthusiastically thank our sponsors for supporting struggling writers in our community.

The Lou Yuhasz Memorial Writing Award

Lou was an enthusiastic writer and Lit Youngstown volunteer and participant, and we miss him. To honor his spirit, we created this $100 award for a current student in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. The award includes registration, room and meals for the Fall Literary Festival, as well as a reading before the Friday evening featured readers.

Lou’s daughter Jamie offered this tribute.

Lou Yuhasz was a writer, a husband, a father, a friend, and above all, a teacher… He was a husband of 26 years, and raised two daughters. His support for his family was unparalleled. His office looked like something out of a Lovecraft novel, with tentacles and gargoyles scattered between the bookshelves housing various scifi and horror novels. He loved to write and tell stories, as well as teaching others the ability to create what they loved.  He would be proud and honored to have this scholarship enable people to follow their passion.

2022 Sponsors

A profound thank you to the sponsors who make this festival possible. Would you or your business like to make a meaningful difference? Please let us know at


Pamela Anderson & Al Bartholet, The Nathalie & James Andrews Foundation, Barbara Brothers, the Center for Working-Class Studies, the Centofanti Foundation, Diane & Tim Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Kauffman, Laura Beadling Endowment, Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts, Ohio Arts Council, The Purple Cat, Larry & Sally Sears, Sojourn to the Past, St. John’s Episcopal Church, WYSU, Youngstown Foundation.

The Fall Literary Festival is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

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