J. California Cooper and John Edgar Wideman Short Fiction Prize

Entries are being accepted now for the North Carolina A&T State University Creative Writing Program 2011 The J. California Cooper and John Edgar Wideman Short Fiction Prize. The deadline is Oct. 31 (postmark date).
Dr. Anjail Ahmad writes: "This competition seeks to honor the literary legacy of two of America's greatest writers. Both J. California Cooper and John Edgar Wideman have authored numerous collections of short fiction and novels among their accomplishments. They have been celebrated for their rich depictions of African-American families via their ability to translate the breadth of Black American experience into poignant tales of urban and rural life. Both Cooper and Wideman have labored long in the literary trenches of American literature, and as award winning writers, they each have championed the experiences of Black Americans by dealing with themes of pride, love, family, identity, the effects of racism and a people's will to triumph. Through their creative vision, they fuse history, myth, fiction, and autobiography to create a symphony of black voices, from the vernacular to the highly educated. Their works movingly articulates both Cooper and Wideman's commitment to the black masses because their fiction focuses on the real-life experiences of black people in the Americas."

Contest Guidelines

Fiction entries: (No more than 7,000 words per short story, only 1 story per submission, any style.) Competition will be judged by a committee of poets and writers. Should the entries not be up to our standards, we reserve the right to withhold the prize in a given year. The winner receives $250 and
publication on the NC A&T web site. Applicants must write in English. Please include the following per entry:
*       Four typed, double spaced, stapled (12 point font) copies of an
unpublished manuscript (author's name must not appear on manuscript).
*       One cover sheet with name, address, telephone, email, word count and
title of story.
*      $15 reading fee in check or money order, per submission, made
payable to NCAT/CWP-Fiction Prize.
*       Writers can submit more than one entry. Each entry must be
accompanied by a separate entry fee.
*       Winners to be announced December 1, 2011.
*       The competition is open to writers without regard to geographical
region or previous publication background.
*       SASE for acknowledgement of receipt of manuscript (optional).
*       Winners and honorable mentions to be published on web site.

Please mail your submission to: Dr. Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Creative Writing Program-Short
Fiction Prize, A427 GCB, North Carolina A&T State University, 1601 E. Market
St., Greensboro, NC 27411.

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