The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 12-14, 2009
The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University announces
its fourth annual writing competition. Prize amounts of $150 for first place,
$75 for second place and $50 for third place are awarded in each category.
Honorable mentions are awarded at the discretion of the judges.
The Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction Entries for this prize are
limited to no more than 2,000 words and may not be entered simultaneously in the
Still contest. Nancy Kelly Allen is the author of several books for children and
young adults. Her most recent is Ring the Silver Bell. She is the winner of
several awards, including Appalachian Book of the Year. She lives in Knott
County, Kentucky, where she was born and raised, and is a full-time writer who
does school visits throughout the region.
The James Still Prize for Short Story Entries for this prize should be no more
than 4,000 words and there is no restriction on subject matter. Ann Pancake is
the author of Given Groundand Strange As This Weather Has Been. Her awards
include the Weatherford, the Whiting, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, and many
others. A native of West Virginia, she now lives in Washington State where she
teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.
The George Scarbrough Prize for Poetry There are no restrictions on subject
matter or length for this prize and an entry
is considered one set of up to
three poems. If the winners so choose, the top three prize poems will be
published in Lincoln Memorial University's literary journal The Emancipator.
Jacques Debrot is the author of the poetry collection Confuzion Comics. His
writing has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, The Washington Review, Rhizome, The
Hat, and other literary journals. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University, and is
chair of the English Department at LMU. He lives in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.
The Emma Bell Miles Prize for Essay This prize is restricted to essays that
address Appalachian life, literature, religion, folklore, culture, and/or
values. Entries for this prize should be no more than 4,000 words. Elizabeth
Lamont's essays have appeared in such journals asAppalachian Heritage, Now and
Then, and The Thomas Wolfe Review. In 2007, she won a John L. Stephenson
Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Appalachian College Association, and is
currently at work on a book-length history of James Still's, Jesse Stuart's, and
Don West's formative years at LMU. She teaches at LMU. She lives in Harrogate,
Submitted entries must be unpublished. Photocopies are accepted. Submit two
copies with a title page that includes your name, address, telephone number,
email address, the title of the piece and the name of the contest to which you
are submitting. Make sure that your name does not appear anywhere besides the
title page to insure blind judging. Contest entry fees cannot be
not send the only copy of your work as no entries will be returned. Prizes will
be awarded at the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at LMU on June 13, 2009.
Those winners not present will be mailed their prizes. Deadline for postmark is
May 21, 2009. Any entry that is not postmarked will not be opened and failure to
follow the above guidelines will result in disqualification.
Please enclose $5 fee per entry (unlimited entries per person) and send your
Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Writing Contest
Lincoln Memorial University
P.O. Box 2005
Harrogate, TN 37752
Please send email inquiries to Denton Loving at <denton.loving(at)lmunet.edu>
(replace (at) with @)
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