English Dept. Announces 2016 Davenport Fiction Contest

2016 Davenport Fiction Contest Deadline: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 4 p.m.

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


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 2015-16 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 Chad Simpson’s office (Old Main 217) no later than Wednesday, April 27 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Chad Simpson (csimpson@knox.edu).
[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.]
This year’s judge will be J. Ryan Stradal. Born and raised in Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal now lives in Los Angeles, where he is an editor-at-large at Unnamed Press, fiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown, advisory board member at 826LA, and co-producer & host of the literary/culinary series Hot Dish. His first book is the New York Times-bestselling novel KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST (Viking / Pamela Dorman Books, 2015). Voted the 2016 Adult Debut Book of the Year in the Indies Choice Book Awards, KITCHENS has been acquired for publication in eleven other countries and optioned by Warner Bros. for film & TV. His shorter work appears in Hobart, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and Midnight Breakfast, among other places. He likes books, wine, sports, root beer, and peas.

Prizewinners will be announced at Stradal’s Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 13 at 4 P.M. in the Alumni Room, Old Main.