HACKNEY LITERARY AWARDS
GUIDELINES for 2009
The Hackney Literary Awards, sponsored by the Cecil Hackney family of
Birmingham, Alabama, were established
in 1969. The annual competition awards $5,000 in prizes for poetry and short
fiction ($2,500 national and $2,500
state levels: 1st place, $600; 2nd, $400; 3rd, $250); a $5,000 prize is also
sponsored by Morris Hackney for an
GUIDELINES / ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES
Novel: Length is open but the novel must be unpublished. Publication rights
revert to winner. Entry fee is $25.00
per entry (US$ only).Must be postmarkedafter June 1, 2009 and no later than
September 30, 2009.
Short Story: Length not to exceed 5,000 words per story. Entry fee is $15.00
per entry (US$ only).Must be
postmarked afterSeptember 1, 2009 and no later than November 30, 2009.
Poetry: Length not to exceed 50 lines per entry. More than one poem may be
submitted, but all poems together
must not exceed the 50-line limit per entry. Entry fee is $10.00 per entry (US$
only). Must be postmarked no
earlier thanSeptember 1, 2009, and no later than November 30, 2009.
Entries must be accompanied by either check or money order payable to Hackney
Literary Awards (U.S. Funds
only will be accepted). Do not send cash. Entries submitted with accompanying
cash entry fees will not be
processed, and fees will not be returned. Refunds for withdrawn entries will
nly be given through December 31,
2009. PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE A $30.00 PROCESSING FEE ON ANY RETURNED CHECK.
If you require confirmation of receipt of your entry, you may send your entry
via a tracked shipping method (such
as FedEx) or you may enclose a postage-paid postcard with your entry, and the
administrator will return it when
your entry is processed. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Mail all entries to: Hackney Literary Awards
Birmingham, AL 35254
Only original, unpublished manuscripts may be entered. Submissions from Alabama
will be entered into the state
contest unless the author specifies the entry for the national competition.
Stories and poems will only be entered
in one category, either NATIONAL or STATE, not both. Entries must be typed,
double spaced (short story and
novel only). Novels need not be bound. Each entry must have a cover sheet
listing: title, author’s name, address,
telephone number, email address, and category entered (short story, novel, or
poetry). Author’s name must not
appear on the actual pages of the manuscript. Multiple entries must be submitted
separately by deadline dates.
Manuscripts will not be returned.
Winners will be notified by the Hackney Awards administrator by phone or email.
Public announcement of winners
will not be made unt
il March 2010 or later, and winners will be posted on the
www.bsc.edu/events/hackney. To receive a list of the winners when they are
announced, you can submit a self-
addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with your entry. If multiple entries are
submitted, you need only send one
SASE to receive a list of contest winners. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Please direct all inquiries to <hackneyawards(at)bsc.edu> (replace (at) with @)
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