Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Converse College Offers Award to Fiction Writer

Speaking of Converse College, where I’ll be teaching for the month of January, here’s a contest I recommend*:

Submission Guidelines for the Julia Peterkin Award

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 (864) 596-9000 or email at rick.mulkey@converse.edu

*Important note: I have nothing to do with the administration or judging of this contest!


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