2008 Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize

10 January 2008


LEXINGTON, KYArts Across Kentucky magazine announces call for entrries to the third annual Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize. The winning story will be published in Arts Across Kentucky and the author will receive a $500 prize and an invitation to read at the annual literary festival held each August at the homestead of Janice Holt Giles at Knifley, Kentucky.

Arts Across Kentucky magazine offers the only fiction prize in honor of one of Kentucky’s most prolific and beloved authors. For information on Janice Holt Giles, see Arts Across Kentucky, Fall, 2005 or visit www.artsacrossky.com to read the article.

The 2008 Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize contest judge is Lee Smith. Smith has written a number of highly acclaimed novels and short story collections including the New York Times best-seller, The Last Girls and her most recent novel, On Agate Hill. Winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award and two O. Henry Awards, Smith recently retired from teaching creative writing at North Carolina State University.

The winner of the Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize will receive $500, publication in Arts Across Kentucky and an invitation to read at the annual literary festival on the grounds of the Janice Holt Giles Home in August 2008.

The Janice Holt Giles Short Fiction Prize is open to all fiction writers. Only an original unpublished short story in English may be submitted. Any subject matter or writing style is welcome. The winning story must be suitable for a general audience. If a submitted story is published elsewhere during the judging process, the author is asked to contact Arts Across Kentucky so their story can be withdrawn from consideration.

Manuscripts must be postmarked by January 1, 2008. The winner will be announced on the magazine’s website by the end of April. The winning story will run
in the summer issue of Arts Across Kentucky. The winner will be announced at www.artsacrossky.com. No phone calls please.

Manuscript Format
Send two copies, typed, double-spaced on white, 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Photocopies are acceptable. Do not send an original copy as manuscripts will not be returned. One entry should not exceed 3,000 words. One entry per writer. Entry should include a cover page with the story name, writer’s name, address, and other contact information. Each page of the manuscript should have a header with the story title and page number. Writer’s name or other identifying information should appear only on the cover sheet, not on the manuscript to ensure blind reading. The winning author will be asked to submit an electronic copy for publication in Arts Across Kentucky.

Submission Information
Entry deadline: January 1, 2008
Send two copies of manuscript and cover page along with a $10 entry fee payable to Arts Across Kentucky to:

Arts Across Kentucky
Attn: Fiction Prize
385 Codell Drive
Lexington, KY 40509

For more information contact Nancy Bronner at nancy@artsacrossky.com.

Affiliates or employees of the Janice Holt Giles Society and Arts Across Kentucky are not eligible. The magazine reserves the right not to choose a winner should no suitable manuscript be found.

%d bloggers like this: