Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Your Chance for $$, a Trip to SC, and Chili Cheese A-Plenty

I’m pleased to help publicize this fine fiction contest. I was thrilled to win it (yes, after entering several times), and I greatly enjoyed my resulting visit to read at Converse College, where I made some wonderful friends with whom I am still in touch. Plus, they were kind enough to comply with my crazy request to be taken to the famous Beacon Drive-In while I was visiting; I tell you, a giant platter of Chili Cheese A-Plenty really hits the spot at 9:30 pm. (For the uninitiated: This is a cheeseburger covered with chili, cheese, and french fries.)

Submission Guidelines for the Julia Peterkin Award

Eligibility: The 2009 Julia Peterkin Award is open to all writers of fiction writing original works in English. Previously published works are eligible for inclusion in the submission.

Manuscript Format Guidelines: Entries must be typed on quality paper, 8 1/2 by 11. Photocopies or copies from letter-quality printers are acceptable. Each entry must include one short story or chapter from a novel--a maximum of 15-18 pages. In addition, include a cover page with the writer’s name, address, daytime phone number, and title of submission. Also include a one-page biography. Author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

Entry Requirements: An entry fee of $15 made payable to: Converse College English Department. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2009. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like direct notification of contest results. Results will be mailed in May of 2009. No manuscripts can be returned. Send one copy of the manuscript prepared according to format guidelines.

The winner will receive $1000 and travel expenses for a reading at Converse College. Winner must be willing to read in the Fall 2009 Visiting Writers Series.

Send entries to:
The Julia Peterkin Award
Converse College
Department of English
580 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

For more information, contact Prof. Rick Mulkey at or see the web site.


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.