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Tallahatchie RiverFest seeks short fiction

May 27, 2003

NEW ALBANY, Miss. — The Tallahatchie RiverFest, which will be held Sept. 26 and 27 in downtown New Albany, announces the 2003 William Faulkner Awards for short fiction.

The adult short story competition is open to all age 19 and older. The work must be original, unpublished short fiction with no more than 5,000 words. The deadline to enter work is June 3. The entry fee is $10 per work. First place carries an award of $500 and second place $250.

Participants are asked to send original unpublished short fiction with three copies of the manuscript and a copy of the work on disc (Microsoft Word format preferred). The original copy must include a cover page with title, name, address, and phone number for notifying winners. Additional copies should include only the title of the manuscript. Lost, misplaced or misdirected manuscripts are not the responsibility of the sponsor. No manuscripts will be accepted postage due.

Winners of the contest automatically release publication rights to the Tallahatchie RiverFest. Winners will be announced during the RiverFest on Sept. 26, 2003. If the winner is in attendance, he or she will be recognized and given the opportunity to read from the work. No manuscripts will be returned and only winners will be notified. For names of winners enclose a SASE.

The 2002 winner was Dory Adams of Pittsburgh, Penn. Adams won the $500 award for “As Easy as That.” The second place winner was Vonnie Madigan, from Sacramento, Calif.

In the student competition the short story must be the original, unpublished work of a Union County or New Albany high school student. The deadline to enter is June 4. The competition is free for high school students.

“The Tallahatchie RiverFest committee wants to encourage individuals to explore expression through the written word,” said Anna Quinn, literary competition chairperson. “As the birthplace of William Faulkner, it’s only appropriate to hold this competition.”

For competition guidelines or more information, call the Union County Development Association at 662-534-4354 or 1-888-534-8232 or on the web at www.riverfest.ms.


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