Scott Lax – Author

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


Photo by Joe Gunderman, 2013

Scott Lax is a novelist, short story writer, playwright, essayist, film and television writer, and writing teacher. He has also worked as a salesman and a professional musician (performing as a drummer with Bo Diddley, among others). He studied Shakespeare at the University of Cambridge after graduating from Hiram College, and was a Bread Loaf Scholar in nonfiction and Sewanee Fellow in fiction. He was named Midwest Filmmaker of the Year at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2002 for his work as source-writer and producer of the film adaptation of The Year That Trembled. Scott lives with his wife, Lydia Lax, son, Finn Scott Lax, and stepson, Angus, in the Chagrin Valley near Cleveland, Ohio. He works as Managing Editor of TOA Technologies, a Cleveland-based global company.


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 c0-executive produced a TV pilot, "Cleveland Late-Late," in 2012. Contact Scott through the Contact page, above, with questions.