Postmark deadline: May 18
Mountain Heritage Literary Festival 2017 at Lincoln Memorial University announces
its twelveth 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.
IF YOU WON OR PLACED IN THE CONTEST IN 2018, PLEASE CONTACT DARNELL ARNOULT.
$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 3,000 words and may not be entered
simultaneously in the Still contest.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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Submitted entries must be unpublished.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 should be single spaced except where poets landscaping
of page requires otherwise.
Submit one copy of your manuscript with one title page that includes your name, address,
telephone number, email address, the title of the piece(s), and the name of the contest
to which you are submitting. Poetry submissions my include up to three poems per entry fee. Make sure that your name does not appear anywhere besides the title page to insure
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
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.
Judges for this contest may include published authors, librarians, professors of literature
or creative writing, or graduate students in creative writing. Judges are annonymous.
Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Writing Contest
DOLL, Avery Hall
Contest winners will be announced and recognized at the Mountain Heritage Literary
Festival at LMU on Saturday, June 10, 2017. 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 Friday, May 18, 2017. 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
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
Send email inquiries to Darnell Arnoult at [email protected]