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Friday, January 26, 2007

Tennessee Writers Alliance Creative Nonfiction Contest

(This information courtesy an email sent by Dr. Jimmy Carl Harris, who's both a friend of WV Writers and a past and future WV Writers Conference Workshop Leader)

Hey, y’all,

Our friend Kory Wells has asked me to forward her below e-mail, pertaining to the Tennessee Writers Alliance Creative Nonfiction Contest, and I am delighted to do so. Their website has contest and conference details

In addition, let me remind you of another contest. The deadline for the Tennessee Mountain Writers contests is February 1st, this year. These contests are held in conjunction with the TMW conference in March, in Oak Ridge. Full information about the contests and the conference is on the TMW website: Click on Annual Conference. By the way, it’s an outstanding conference—I hope to see you there!

This e-mail is an example of the mutual cooperation and support shared by the Alabama Writers Conclave, the Tennessee Writers Alliance, and the Tennessee Mountain Writers.

Jimmy Carl Harris
Program Chair, Alabama Writers Conclave

The Tennessee Writers Alliance Creative Nonfiction Award

28th, 2007 Postmark Deadline

First Prize $500
Second Prize $250
Third Prize $100

For full guidelines, visit

The first, second, and third prizewinner will be selected from a short list of finalists. Honorable mentions will be named at judges' discretion. Cash awards and certificates will be announced at our conference in June 2007. The judge this year is Richard Goodman, author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France and a contributor to The AWP Writer's Chronicle, the New York Times, Vanity Fair,
and many other national publications.

Submission Guidelines

1. The contest is open to all writers with the exception of board members, contest committee members, or staff of the Tennessee Writers Alliance.

2. All submissions must be original and unpublished. All entries must be typed, double-spaced, on one side of white 8 1/2 X 11 paper. No simultaneous submissions. (See the FAQ on our site about this.) Secure pages with staples. No paper clips.

3. Creative nonfiction should not exceed 3,000 words.

4. Each piece of writing submitted will be considered as a separate entry.

5. Submit two copies of entry, plus one separate cover sheet with the title, author's name, address, e-mail, and phone number. The author's name MUST NOT appear anywhere except the cover sheet.

6. An entry fee must accompany each entry: $10 for TWA members; $15 for non-members.

Entries that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified, and the entry fee will NOT be refunded. We regret that we cannot acknowledge the receipt of entries without a self-addressed, stamped postcard sent with entry, nor can we return manuscripts. However, we will be happy to send results of the competition, which will be announced in June, ONLY to those who include a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with submission.

All entries must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2006.

Mail to:

Literary Competition
P.O. Box 120396
Nashville, TN 37212