Scott Lax is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, film and television writer and executive producer and writing teacher.
Scott graduated from Hiram College with a B.A. in English, and studied Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge in England. Scott then worked as a salesman and drummer, performing with Bo Diddley, among others.
Scott began writing in 1992 and became a Bread Loaf Scholar in Nonfiction in 1993 and Sewanee Fellow in Fiction in 1998. His novel, THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED, was named one of 1998’s “Milestones in Fiction” by The Denver Post, and the Midwest Book Review called it “Articulate with passion, humor and heartbreak.” The novel was named Vermont Book of the Year Runner-up.
As source-writer and producer of THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED, a feature film, Scott was named Midwest Filmmaker of the Year at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2002, along with his producing partner for the film, Tyler Davidson. In 2003, Scott adapted the novel for the stage. “The Year That Trembled,” the stage play, successfully premiered at University School in 2003.
As a nonfiction essayist and feature writer of hundreds of published works, Scott has received numerous journalism awards. He has written a new novel and is working on a collection of short stories, as well as a memoir of first-time fatherhood at 58 years old.
Recently Scott was executive producer, co-writer and co-creator of a television pilot with Martin Mull and Fred Willard.
Scott lives with his wife, Lydia Lax, and their son, Finn Scott Lax, in the Chagrin Valley near Cleveland, Ohio.
February 14, 2010 - Scott Lax's short story, "Sales Call," won 2nd Place for MUSE Magazine's 2010 Literary Competition.
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
March 2011 - In the Ohio Professional Writers 2011 Communications Contest, Scott won First Place for "Writing for the Web - Column or Commentary," for "The Long and Winding Road to Your Ultrasound," for THE FATHER LIFE: The Men's Magazine for Dads
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 - Midwest Filmmaker of the Year, Cleveland International Film Festival
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
2010 - The Hub City Writers' Workshop of South Carolina awards the second annual Scott Lax Prize in Writing to Bertrice Robinson. The Scott Lax Prize is a full-ride, one-week scholarship to the Wild Acres Writers Workshop in North Carolina. This award was established in 2008 by Hillcrest Publications of Spartanburg, S.C., "in recognition of novelist Scott Lax of Ohio."
2009 - The Hub City Writers' Workshop of South Carolina awards the first annual Scott Lax Prize in Writing to Josette Davison.
2002 - City of Cleveland Certificate of Congratulations for body of work
1999 - Named to fourteen-person list of Hiram College’s “Most Illustrious Alumni"