English Department Announces The 2013 Davenport Fiction Contest: Submission Deadline May 1

The English Department Announces The 2013 Davenport Fiction Contest: Submission Deadline May 1st

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Fiction sponsored by the English Department. This year’s judge will be Lucas Southworth. Prizewinners will be announced at Southworth’s Caxton Club reading on Monday, May 20th at 4 o’clock in the Alumni Room, Old Main.

Lucas Southworth received his MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama, where he currently teaches. He is also a co-partner and editor of Slash Pine Press, an initiative that specializes in community outreach and publishing chapbooks with undergraduate interns. His stories have appeared in Mid-American Review, West Branch, PANK, Willow Springs, and others. He grew up in Oak Park, IL, and also holds degrees from Knox College and Iowa State University. Southworth won the 2012 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, sponsored by AWP for his short story collection, Everyone Here Has a Gun (forthcoming, U of Mass P 2013).

1) entrants must be in “good standing” but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course; students who completed coursework on campus during the 2012-13 school year, but have not yet commenced and are not currently enrolled are eligible to submit, provided they will be commencing from Knox in June;

2) only one story per author is allowed;

3) submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no story that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time;

4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the titles of the story; please leave name off subsequent pages;

5) each submission should be double-spaced and paginated;

6) each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words;

7) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

8) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than WEDNESDAY May 1st by 4 p.m.) If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Monica Berlin
[Note: Cash prizes are determined by the English Department, in consultation with the judge’s recommendations for awards. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the college and may be published on the English Department’s website.]