He's been called "a master wordsmith of the first order," by The Midwest Book Review, has been a Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction and Sewanee Writers' Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction. Among his awards and recognitions are a Certificate of Congratulations from the City of Cleveland for his body of work, and induction into the Chagrin Falls High School Achievement Hall of Fame on October 6, 2016.
He's taught at Cleveland’s University School, Hiram College, and lectured and guest-taught at numerous writers’ conferences, universities and high schools throughout the country. The Denver Post called Scott’s first novel, The Year That Trembled, "powerful," and named it one of 1998’s "Milestones in Fiction.” The Midwest Book Review wrote of his second novel, Vengeance Follows, “A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature.”
Scott won four 1st-place film festival awards as producer of the feature film version of The Year That Trembled, including “Midwest Filmmaker of the Year” from the Cleveland International Film Festival. He is also a produced playwright and award-winning short story and nonfiction writer. A longtime professional drummer who's played with Bo Diddley, among many others, Scott was recently co-creator, co-executive producer and co-writer for a TV pilot with Fred Willard and Martin Mull, and has written for Lifetime and Comedy Central TV. In 2016, Scott wrote a nationally broadcast feature for ESPN about the Cleveland Cavaliers World Championship.
Scott resides in the Chagrin Valley in Ohio with his wife, Lydia, where they live with their 6-year-old son.
– May, 2017
1999 - Named to fourteen-person list of Hiram College’s “Most Illustrious Alumni"
1999 - The Year That Trembled, a Novel named Vermont Book of the Year, Runner-Up.
Dec. 1998 - The Year That Trembled, a Novel, named of of 1998’s “Milestones in Fiction by Denver Post.
1998 - Sewanee Writers’ Conference (Univ. of the South), Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction
May 22, 2010 - In the Ohio Professional Writers 2010 Communications Contest, Scott Lax won Second Place for "Original Columns, General."
May 16, 2009 - In the Ohio Professional Writers 2009 Communication Contest, Scott Lax was awarded:
1. First Place for "Original Columns, General"
2. First Place for "Feature Story, Magazine"
3. Second Place for "Special Series, Print Media."
June 2008: Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award, statewide competition, sponsored by The Cleveland Press Club, Honorable Mention, Best Single Essay, Open Print
1993 - Bread Loaf Writer’ Conference (Middlebury College), Bernard J. O’Keefe Scholarship in Nonfiction
1994, 1995 - Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Staff Scholarship
2002 - Producer’s Award, Winner, People’s Choice, Cincinnati International Film Festival
2002 - Producer’s Award, Winner, Best Regional Feature, Cincinnati International Film Festival
2002 - Bessie’s People’s Choice Award, Burlington, VT City Arts, Favorite Film