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  • AllisonJ
    THE PIRATE S ALLEY FAULKNER SOCIETY, INC. 624 Pirate s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 586-1609 * FaulkhouseATaolDOTcom * www.wordsandmusic.org March 22,
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2013
      624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116
      (504) 586-1609 * FaulkhouseATaolDOTcom * www.wordsandmusic.org

      March 22, 2013

      The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, Inc. announces that it has extended the deadline for submissions to the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative
      Writing Competition to May 1, 2013. Previously announced deadline was April 1. We received so many complaints about the April 1 deadline that when our competition committee met recently, we voted to extend to May 1.

      Any writers who already have submitted their entries may elect to resubmit. When resubmitting, just send an e-mail note stating, "Please substitute the
      attached manuscript for the entry previously submitted."

      We would also like to announce that we have confirmations for four of the judges for 2013 for novel, novella, narrative non-fiction and essay.

      The novel category will be judged by literary agent April Eberhardt, whot participated in Words & Music, 2012 as a critiquing agent for writers who
      submitted manuscripts and was very well received by those writers assigned to her. After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, Ms. Eberhardt joined the literary world as head reader for Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine, followed by five years as an agent with two San Francisco-based literary agencies. She holds an MBA from Boston University in Marketing and Finance, a BA from Hamilton (Kirkland) College in Anthropology and French, and a CPLF degree from the University of Paris. She represents clients worldwide, and divides her time between San Francisco, New York and Paris. A self-described "literary change agent," April founded her own agency in order to assist and advise authors as they navigate the increasingly complex world of publishing. As readers and publishers choose among the many ways literature is being delivered in the new millennium, authors need a literary agent who understands both the traditional and electronic marketplaces, along with the evolving options for agent-assisted independent publishing. April works with serious authors who recognize the need for professional support, and the importance of publishing in the highest-quality way, be it traditionally or independently. Agent-vetted manuscripts help independently-published authors stand out from the millions of others, and contribute to raising the bar for independent publishing, garnering recognition and sales for those authors who understand and commit to "self-publishing, done right." April discussed new age publishing during Words & Music, 2012. While the agency isn't accepting unsolicited submissions just now, manuscripts presented at literary conferences and those she will be judging will be considered.

      The novella category will be judged by Lisa Zeidner is the author of five novels, most recently Love Bomb (Farrar Straus Giroux),an inventive, mordantly funny novel about love, marriage, stalkers, and the indignities of parenthood. Her other novels are Customs, Alexander Freed, Limited Partnerships and Layover, which is in development as a film and has been translated into six languages. She has also published two books of poetry, Talking Cure and Pocket Sundial, which won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. She has also written screenplays for Universal Studios and Focus Features. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in GQ, Mademoiselle, The New York Times, Boulevard, Poetry, The Washington Post and other publications. Her creative nonfiction has been anthologized in Salon.com's Life As We Know It and Tin House's Cooking and Stealing. She founded the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ, where she is a Professor.

      The new narrative non-fiction category will be judged by Jeff Kleinman, a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents) with most international publishers. He's a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English). As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredibly variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he's helped to build something – a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author's career. His authors include Garth Stein, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Bruce Watson, Neil White, Philip Gerard, and the late Dean Faulkner Wells. His interestes include nonfiction: especially narrative nonfiction with a historical bent, but also memoir, health, parenting, aging, nature, pets, how-to, nature, science, politics, military, espionage, equestrian, biography. His fiction interests include very well-written, character-driven novels; some suspense, thrillers; otherwise mainstream commercial and literary fiction. He is not interested in fiction for children, romance, mysteries, westerns, poetry, or screenplays and novels about serial killers, suicide, or children in peril (kidnapped, killed, raped, etc.)

      The essay category will be judged by Roy Blount Jr., author of 23 books of narrative non-fiction, about a wide range of things, from the first woman president of the United States to what barnyard animals are thinking. The most recent, Alphabetter Juice (Farrar, Straus), released last year, is a sequel to his popular dictionary Alphabet Juice, now out in paperback and also available as an audiobook. Hail, Hail, Euphoria! -- The Marx Brothers in Duck Soup was his book of the year in 2010 and the next most recent, Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South (Knopf), won the 2007 nonfiction award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association; and AudioFile chose the audio version (HighBridge) as one of the year's top five books read by their authors. The book before that one, Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans, "delivers the goods," according to the New York Times: "a wild, unpredictable ramble through a wild, unpredictable town." He is a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, the president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a New York Public Library Literary Lion, a Boston Public Library Literary Light, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders. He comes from Decatur, GA and lives in western Massachusetts. In 2010 he received the Thomas Wolfe Award from the University of North Carolina. Earlier, Roy received the Faulkner Society's ALIHOT (A Legend in His Own Time) Award for Literature

      We hope to have other four judges confirmed shortly and we will be posting names of all judges on our web site then.

      Best regards,
      Rosemary James, Co-Founder, Faulkner Society
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