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Sep 20, 2012
Curtis Rogers

South Carolina Academy of Authors Announces 2ND Annual Fiction Fellowship

The South Carolina Academy of Authors (SCAA) announces its second annual $1000 fellowship in fiction.   Entries may be previously unpublished short stories or excerpts from unpublished longer works and must be no longer than 15 pages.   There are no restrictions on content; however, applicants must be full-time South Carolina residents and may submit only one story or excerpt.  The Fellowship winner will be invited to SCAA induction ceremony in Columbia in April, 2013.

The entry deadline is December 1, 2012.   Submissions must be typed on 8.5 x 11 paper, and the author’s name must not appear on the manuscript.  Entrants should send two hard copies of story/chapter with separate cover sheet specifying the author’s name, contact information and submission title, plus $15 submission fee payable to SCAA.

Applicants should send submissions and application fees to Jon Tuttle, Department of English, Francis Marion University, PO Box 100547, Florence SC 29502.  Contact Jon Tuttle for more information at Jtuttle@fmarion.edu.

Mary Robison, this year’s Fellowship judge, has been widely hailed for her biting depictions of contemporary American life since her story “Sisters” was published in The New Yorker in 1977. Since then, her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Esquire, GQ, Harvard Magazine, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction, The Pushcart Prize and The O.Henry Prize Stories and complied in four collections.  Her novel Why Did I Ever won the Los Angeles Times Book prize for Fiction, and One D.O.A., One on the Way was chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the “100 Most Notable Books of the Year” and by Oprah Winfrey for her Summer Reading list in 2009. Robison has received numerous awards, including a grant from the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2009 the prestigious Rea Award For The Short Story.  She has worked also as a screenwriter and script doctor for various film makers and teaches now at the University of Florida.

For more information about the South Carolina Academy of Authors, please visit www.scacademyofauthors.org.

Sep 20, 2012
Curtis Rogers

South Carolina Academy of Authors Announces Poetry Fellowship

The South Carolina Academy of Authors (SCAA) announces its annual $1000 fellowship in poetry.

Applicants must be full-time South Carolina residents and all entries must be typed or computer printed on 8 ½ X 11 paper. There is no restriction to form or content. Postmark deadline is December 1, 2012. Manuscripts will not be returned.

To apply, send two paper copies of manuscript with separate cover sheet. Each manuscript must consist of 6-10 pages of unpublished poems, with no more than one poem per page. The poet’s name must not appear on any of the manuscript pages. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept electronic submissions. Each cover sheet must contain the poet’s name and contact information (USPS mailing address, email address, phone number) and titles of poems. Each submission must include a $15.00 entry fee, payable to South Carolina Academy of Authors.

Send submissions to: Elizabeth Bernardin, 407 Meeting Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.  For questions, please email libbypoet@gmail.com.

The Fellowship winner will be notified by email or telephone and will be invited to the SCAA induction ceremony in Columbia in April, 2013. SCAA Board Members are not eligible to apply.

The judge for the 2012 Nickens Fellowship Competition is Nick Lantz.  Lantz is the author of the poetry collections We Don’t Know We Don’t Know (Graywolf Press, 2010) and The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). He is the recipient of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Prize, the Felix Pollak Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Larry Levis Reading Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and on the nationally syndicated radio program The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. He teaches creative writing at Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop, Queens University’s Low-Residency MFA, and at Sam Houston State University, where he is the poetry editor of the Texas Review.

For more information about the South Carolina Academy of Authors, please visit www.scacademyofauthors.org.

Sep 18, 2012
Curtis Rogers

State Library’s Center for the Book Encourages Students to Write Letters

Students can revisit their most powerful literary experiences through a contest that asks them to write a personal letter to an author and explain how his or her work changed their perspective on the world.

The national Letters About Literature competition is open to students in grades 4 through 10, and submissions are being accepted until January 11, 2013 (postmark). The annual competition is sponsored by the South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book and the South Carolina State Library Foundation in partnership with the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

To enter, readers write a letter to an author, past or present, describing how that author’s work made an impact on their life. Contestants are cautioned not to summarize the book’s plot, but to express in an honest, conversational tone, how the book affected them.

The contest, which focuses on reader response and reflective writing, has three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6; Level 2 for students in grades 7 and 8; and Level 3 for students in grades 9-10. State winners, announced in March each year, receive cash awards. National winners, announce in late April, receive additional prizes and earn for their school or community library LAL Reading Promotion Grants valued at thousands of dollars!

LAL focuses on reader response and reflective writing. Free teaching materials, including lesson plans, writing samples, assessment checklists, and teacher tips at the LAL web site.

To download the official entry guidelines and entry form, visit http://lettersaboutliterature.org.