Scott Lax – Writer & Author

"A master wordsmith of the first order" - The Midwest Book Review, 03.01.2014


Photo by Joe Gunderman, 2013

Scott Lax was born in the City of Cleveland, Ohio. Before he became a writer, Scott was a salesman, as well as a professional drummer who drummed with Bo Diddley, among many other musicians.

Scott is the author of two novels, “Vengeance Follows” and “The Year That Trembled.” He's also an award-winning short story writer, playwright, nonfiction essayist, columnist and features writer, film and television writer and producer, content writer and consultant, writing teacher and speaker.

Scott was the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bernard J. O'Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction in 1993 and Sewanee Writers Conference Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Fiction in 1998. The Denver Post named “The Year That Trembled” one of 1998’s “milestones in fiction.” The Midwest Book Review called 2014’s “Vengeance Follows,” “A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature.”

Scott, who graduated from Hiram College with a B.A. in English, and studied Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge, England, was also deemed, “A master wordsmith of the first order,” by the Midwest Book Review. He resides in the Chagrin Valley in Ohio with his wife, Lydia, his 4-year-old son and 16-year-old stepson.
– January, 2015


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"

Film, Short Fiction, Essays, Television, Stage Play

THE YEAR THAT TREMBLED, a feature film source-written and produced by Scott Lax
Click above for the movie trailer, critical praise and more

Scott, Martin Mull and Fred Willard co-wrote and co-executive produced a TV pilot, "Cleveland Late-Late," in 2012. Contact Scott through the Contact page, above, with questions.