Davenport Fiction Prize Entries Now Being Accepted

The English Department Announces The 2015 Davenport Fiction Contest
DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29 at 4 p.m.

Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Fiction sponsored by the English Department.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA:

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 2014-15 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 story 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; any story currently under review for another prize may be submitted;

4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the title 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, April 29 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.]

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This year’s judge will be Elizabeth Cohen.

Elizabeth Cohen is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she serves as the fiction editor for the Saranac Review. Her memoir, The Family on Beartown Road, was a New York Times Notable Book, and her articles, stories, and poetry have appeared in SELF, MORE, Newsweek, People, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Tablet, and the Yale Review, among other publications. She is also the author of The Hypothetical Girl, a collection of stories, and What the Trees Said, a collection of poems, both published in 2013. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York, with her daughter, Ava.

Prizewinners will be announced at Cohen’s Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 15 at 4 o’clock in the Alumni Room, Old Main.