The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 11-13, 2010
The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University announces its fourth annual writing competition. Prize amounts of $300 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place are awarded in each category. Honorable mentions are awarded at the discretion of the judges.
$300 for first place
$150 for second place
$100 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. Paul Brett Johnson will judge. Johnson is a native of Kentucky, which he still calls home. He has published over twenty books for children. His work has garnered numerous honors including two Kentucky Bluegrass Awards and a California Young Readers’ Medal.
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. Amy Greene will judge. Greene is the author of Bloodroot, released in January 2010. She was born and raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, where she continues to live with her husband and children. Her second novel, Long Man, is forthcoming also from Knopf.
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. Kathryn Stripling Byer will judge. Byer grew up in southwest Georgia. Her books of poetry include Catching Light, Black Shawl, Wildwood Flower and The Girl in the Midst of the Harvest.
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. Erik Reece will judge. Reece is the author of two acclaimed books of nonfiction, Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness: Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia and An American Gospel: On Family, History, and The Kingdom of God. He is writer-in-residence at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, teaching environmental journalism, writing and literature.
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Submitted entries must be unpublished.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 two copies 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 $7 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 June 12, 2010. Contest prizes will be mailed to winners who are not present on June 12, 2010.
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 Friday, May 14, 2010. 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 recycled.
Please enclose $7 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
Funded in part by The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc