Call for Emerging Writers Contest Stories and Poems

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Southern Writers Symposium at Methodist University
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Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Contest. This year's categories feature fiction and poetry.

The first-place writer in each category will be invited to read from his or her winning work at the conference and will receive a cash award of $300. Second place writers will receive $200. The contest is open to writers who meet at least two of the following criteria:
• currently live in the South;
• are natives of the South;
• write about the South.

Additionally, writers must have not yet published a full-length volume in the genre that they are entering. For example, writers are still eligible to enter a work of fiction if they were published in volume form in nonfiction or poetry.

Fiction: Marjorie Hudson, award-winning author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas and Searching for Virginia Dare
Poetry: Shannon Ward, award-winning author of Blood Creek


Deadline: January 3, 2014
Fee (non-refundable): $15/per entry payable to Southern Writers Symposium
Manuscripts of fiction considered: up to 5,000 words, typed and double-spaced

Poetry considered: maximum of five poems or a total of ten pages, typed.

Note: Entries must not have been previously published in any form. Entries must not have previously won recognition in any other contest. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

Entries submitted via post should include a cover sheet with the author's name, address, phone number, e-mail address, title, and genre of work submitted as well as a brief bio and statement that the author meets eligibility guidelines. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. Mail entries to Southern Writers Symposium, Emerging Writers Contest, Department of English and Writing, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC, 28311. No SASE necessary as winners will be announced by February 1 on the Southern Writers Symposium website. Entries will be recycled, not returned.

Entries may also be submitted electronically to Southern Writers Symposium Submission Manager.

Directions on the page should be followed.