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The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 13-15, 2014

Contest Guidelines

The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln Memorial University announces its ninth 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.  Marc Harshman will judge.  Harshman has served as the poet laureate of West Virginia since 2012.  His full-length poetry collection, Green-Silver and Silent, was published in 2012 by Bottom Dog Press, Ohio.  He has authored four chapbooks including All that Feeds Us: The West Virginia Poems.  Periodical publications include Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Progressive, and Roanoke Review.  His poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. His eleven children’s books include The Storm, a Smithsonian Notable Book.  His children’s books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Danish, and Swedish.  New children’s titles are forthcoming from Eerdmans and Macmillan. 
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.  Pamela Duncan will judge.  Duncan was born in Asheville and grew up in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Shelby, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. She lives in Cullowhee, North Carolina, and teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University.  Her first novel, Moon Women, was a Southeastern Booksellers Association (now Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Award Finalist, and her second novel, Plant Life, won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her third novel, The Big Beautiful, was published in March 2007.
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.  Aaron Smith will judge.  Smith is the author of two books of poetry: Appetite (Pittsburgh, 2012), a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award, and Blue on Blue Ground (Pittsburgh, 2005), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. His chapbooks are Men in Groups and What's Required, winner of the Frank O'Hara Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications including Court Green, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Best American Poetry 2013, and on Andrew Sullivan's blog The Dish on The Daily Beast. A 2007 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he is assistant professor in creative writing at Lesley University and poetry editor for the national literary journal Bloom.
The Emma Bell Miles Prize for Essay
Entries for this prize should be no more than 4,000 words and there is no restriction on subject matter.  David Joy will judge.  Joy is the author of Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey, his first memoir released in September 2011. His writing has appeared in multiple magazines and journals including Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Bird Watcher's Digest. Joy has won numerous awards for his journalism and has been named a finalist for prestigious literary honors such as the Reed Environmental Writing Award as well as the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award.  His first novel, Where All Light Tends To Go, is due out from Putnam next winter, and his second, Waiting On The End Of The World, will follow in Winter 2016, also with Putnam. Both are being translated to the French by Sonatine Editions.
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).  Please provide 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 (so long as the total check covers all individual submissions).

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 14, 2014. 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 5, 2014. 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 $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@LMUnet.edu


The 2013 and 2014 Mountain Heritage Literary Festivals are sponsored in part by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation.

Lincoln Memorial University
Cumberland Gap Parkway
P.O. Box 2005
Harrogate, TN 37752

423.869.6432 or 800.325.0900, ext. 6432