The Porter Fund, founded by Little Rock novelists Jack Butler and Phillip McMath in 1984, has announced writer and Arkansas Times contributing editor Mara Leveritt as the recipient of the 2014 Porter Fund Literary Prize. Past award winners include Kevin BrockmeierTrenton Lee StewartRoy Reed, David Jauss and Donald Harington.

Leveritt, best known for her True Crime classic “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three” (on which the recent Hollywood film was based) and its follow-up (released this year), “Dark Spell: Surviving the Sentence,” will be honored at a ceremony held at the Main Library’s Darragh Center on October 16, an event that will be free and open to the public. According to the organization’s press release, Leveritt got the news from a phone call at 8 a.m. “I could not think of a better way to start the day,” she’s quoted as saying.