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    Announcing The William Saroyan Centennial Prizes for Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Drama The William Saroyan Society and The San Joaquin Valley Writing
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      Announcing
      The William Saroyan Centennial Prizes
      for Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Drama

      The William Saroyan Society and The San Joaquin Valley Writing Project
      announce the first William Saroyan Centennial Prizes for original short
      fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama for adults, in commemoration of
      the 100th anniversary of Saroyan’s birth. Undergraduate students are not
      eligible. Winning writers will receive a $500 prize, publication in the
      journal In the Grove, and inclusion in the Saroyan Archive at the Fresno
      County Library. Judging will be blind. The fiction contest’s finalists
      will be judged by Steve Yarbrough, author of Visible Spirits, The Oxygen
      Man, The End of California and other novels and short story collections.
      The creative nonfiction and drama contests’ judges will be announced
      later. Information on the prizes, and announcement of the winners and
      finalists, may be found on the Society’s website:
      www.williamsaroyansociety.org.

      Deadline: March 15, 2008. Mail paginated wordprocessed manuscript with 2
      title pages--one with title and genre only, and the other with title,
      genre, and contact information (author’s name, email address, phone and
      address). No name or other information that would identify the writer
      may appear on any page of the manuscript. Include a $15.00 reading fee
      by check or money order, payable to The Saroyan Society. Mail to Megan
      Bohigian, The Saroyan Centennial Prize, 742 E. Home Ave., Fresno, CA
      93728-1811. Indicate which contest the entry is for on the outside of
      the envelope. Writers may submit more than one story, essay, or play,
      but each must be mailed separately with its own reading fee. Manuscripts
      will not be returned. Include a SASE for list of winners and finalists.
      Failure to meet the requirements of the guidelines will result in
      disqualification.

      Guidelines:
      Fiction: Original, previously unpublished literary short story in
      English, 5-10 pages, double spaced and wordprocessed. There is not a
      theme, but stories should aspire to high literary standards. No genre
      pieces, pornography, or collaborations. The winner will receive a prize
      of $500, be published in the journal In the Grove, and be included in
      the Saroyan Archive at the Fresno County Public Library. A public
      reading will be scheduled as part of the Saroyan Society’s celebration
      of Saroyan’s birthday in August, 2008. Send paginated wordprocessed
      manuscript with 2 title pages--one with the title only, and one with
      contact information (author’s name, email address, phone and address).
      No name or other information that would identify the writer may appear
      on any page of the manuscript. Write “fiction contest” on the envelope.
      Include a $15.00 reading fee by check or money order, payable to The
      Saroyan Society. Mail to Megan Bohigian, The Saroyan Centennial Prize,
      742 E. Home Av
      e., Fresno, CA 93728-1811. Writers may submit more than one story,
      essay, or play, but each entry must be mailed separately with a separate
      reading fee. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include a SASE for list
      of winners and finalists.



      Creative Nonfiction: Original, previously unpublished literary essay in
      English, 5-10 pages, double spaced and wordprocessed. There is no
      specific theme, work should aspire to a high literary standard in
      subject matter and language. No collaborations. The winner will receive
      a prize of $500, be published in the journal In the Grove, and be
      included in the Saroyan Archive at the Fresno County Public Library. A
      public reading will be scheduled as part of the Saroyan Society’s
      celebration of Saroyan’s birthday in August, 2008. Mail paginated
      wordprocessed manuscript with 2 title pages--one with the title and
      genre only, and one with title, genre, and contact information (author’s
      name, email address, phone and address). No name or other information
      that would identify the writer may appear on any page of the manuscript.
      Write “nonfiction contest” on the envelope. Include a $15.00 reading fee
      by check or money order, payable to The Saroyan  Society. Mail to Megan
      Bohigian, The S
      aroyan Centennial Prize, 742 E. Home Ave., Fresno, CA 93728-1811.
      Writers may submit in more than one category, or more than one story,
      essay, or play, but each entry must be mailed separately with a separate
      reading fee. Do not send original copies of manuscripts; they will not
      be returned. Include a SASE for list of winners and finalists.


      Drama: This prize is for a short one-act play in English, 10-20 pages in
      length. The winner will receive a prize of $500, publication in the
      journal In the Grove, and inclusion in the Saroyan Archive at the Fresno
      County Public Library. A public reading will be scheduled as part of the
      Saroyan Society’s celebration of Saroyan’s birthday in August, 2008.
      Mail paginated wordprocessed manuscript with 2 title pages--one with the
      title and genre only, and one with title, genre and contact information
      (author’s name, email address, phone and address). No name or other
      information that would identify the writer may appear on any page of the
      manuscript. Write “one-act drama contest” on the envelope. Include a
      $15.00 reading fee by check or money order, payable to The Saroyan
      Society. Mail to Megan Bohigian, The Saroyan Centennial Prize, 742 E.
      Home Ave., Fresno, CA 93728-1811. Writers may submit in more than one
      category, or more than one story, essay, or play, but each entry must b
      e mailed separately with a separate reading fee. Do not send original
      copies of manuscripts; they will not be returned. Include a SASE for
      list of winners and finalists.





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