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    The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival June 15-17, 2012 Contest Guidelines http://www.lmunet.edu/mhlf/guide.shtml The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at
    Message 1 of 1 , May 2, 2012
      The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
      June 15-17, 2012

      Contest Guidelines

      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.

      $150 for first place
      $75 for second place
      $50 for third place

      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. Irene Latham will
      Judge. Latham is a poet and novelist who writes heart-touching tales
      of unexpected adventure. Her debut midgrade historical novel Leaving
      Gee’s Bend is set in Alabama during the Great Depression and was
      awarded Alabama Library Association's 2011 Children's Book Award and
      has been hailed as “authentic and memorable” by Booklist and “a tale
      that will stay with the reader forever” by Book Page. She has
      published over 170 poems of various books, journals and anthologies,
      including a full-length collection What Came Before. Her latest
      volume of poetry The Color of Lost Rooms was awarded the 19th Annual
      Writer's Digest Self-Published Prize for Poetry.
      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. Lisa Alther will judge. Alther is
      the author of five novels -- Kinflicks, Original Sins, Other Women,
      Bedrock and Five Minutes in Heaven. Each has appeared on bestseller
      lists worldwide, having been translated into more than 15 languages.
      One of Alther's stated aims is to portray the human reality behind
      cultural stereotypes, particularly those regarding women. She often
      deals with such material in a humorous fashion, reviewers in both the
      New York Times Book Review and The Nation having written that she
      possesses "comic genius". Here most recent publication is the
      three-part novel Washed in the Blood, published October 2011 by Mercer
      University Press. A collection of short stories called Stormy Weather
      and Other Stories is due in 2012, as well as a history of the
      Hatfield-McCoy feud.
      The George Scarbrough Prize for Poetry
      There are no restrictions on subject matter for this prize. One entry
      is considered a single poem or a set of up to three poems. Jesse
      Graves will judge. Graves was raised in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee,
      just north of Knoxville. He teaches writing and literature classes at
      East Tennessee State University, where he is Assistant Professor of
      English. His first poetry collection Tennessee Landscape with Blighted
      Pine was released by Texas Review Press in January 2012. He recently
      served as guest editor for a special issue of The Southern Quarterly
      on “The Poetry and Prose of Robert Morgan,” and is co-editor with
      William Wright and Paul Ruffin of The Southern Poetry Anthology,
      Volume III: Contemporary Appalachia.
      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. Sharon Hatfield will
      judge. Sheis a graduate of Lincoln Memorial University. She was an
      award-winning newspaper reporter in Wise County, Virginia, and she
      coedited An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian
      Literature. Her book Never Seen the Moon lucidly recreates Edith
      Maxwell’s wild ride through the American legal system in the 1930s and
      was the winner of the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Celebration of
      Appalachian Writing Award and the W. D. Weatherford Award for
      Non-fiction in Appalachian Studies.
      General Contest Rules
      Submitted entries must be unpublished. Simultaneous entries are
      accepted. Manuscripts should be typed in a “plain” 12 point font
      (i.e. Times, Arial). Photocopies are accepted. Prose must be double
      spaced. Poetry must be single spaced.
      Submit one copy of your manuscript with one 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.

      Please enclose a check or money order for $10 per entry. Multiple
      entries are welcome and may be submitted in one envelope (this
      includes even if you’re submitting in multiple genres, which we
      welcome), but please include a separate entry fee for each contest
      submission, as well as separate title pages for each entry. There is
      no need to write multiple checks or money orders for more than one
      entry; one payment for the total amount is encouraged.

      We do not acknowledge receipt of submissions. And, while we take the
      greatest care in handling your submissions, we assume no
      responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Contest entry fees
      cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

      Contest winners will be announced and recognized at the Mountain
      Heritage Literary Festival at LMU on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Contest
      prizes will be mailed to winners who are not present at the festival’s
      award ceremony.

      Contest results will be announced on the festival’s website within the
      following week. Email notification will be sent to contest entrants
      if a working email address is included on the submitted title page.
      Contest results will only be announced online and by email; please do
      not send a SASE for results.

      Deadline for postmark is Monday, May 7, 2012. Any entry that is not
      postmarked on or before that date will not be opened. Failure to
      follow any of the above guidelines could result in disqualification.
      Do not send the only copy of your work as all entries will be

      Please enclose $10 fee per entry (unlimited entries per person) and
      send your submission to:
      Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Writing Contest
      Lincoln Memorial University
      P.O. Box 2005
      6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
      Harrogate, TN 37752

      Send email inquiries to Denton Loving at
      <denton.loving(at)lmunet.edu> (replace (at) with @)

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