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Feb. 1 Deadline for International Literary Awards Competition

The Salem College Center for Women Writers is pleased to sponsor its expanded seventh annual International Literary Awards, with prizes in three categories: the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5,000 words; the Rita Dove Poetry Award for a poem of any style up to...

The Salem College Center for Women Writers is pleased to sponsor its expanded seventh annual International Literary Awards, with prizes in three categories: the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award for a short story up to 5,000 words; the Rita Dove Poetry Award for a poem of any style up to 100 lines; and the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award for a work of creative nonfiction, including personal essay and memoir, up to 5,000 words. The 2010 judges are: Janet Burroway in creative nonfiction, Lee Martin in fiction and Leslie Adrienne Miller in poetry.

The winner in each genre will receive a prize of $1,200. An honorarium of $150 will be given to two honorable mentions named in each genre. The awards are open to both women and men who write in English excluding current Salem employees and students. All submissions must be unpublished. The postmark deadline is February 1, 2010. Winners will be announced by May 15, 2009.

Details on how to submit are found on the Salem College website: www.salem.edu/go/cww.

The poetry award honors former poet laureate of the United States Rita Dove, the youngest person and the first African-American to be named to this post. She is the winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Thomas and Beulah, a collection of interrelated poems loosely based on her grandparents’ life. A 2006 recipient of the coveted Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, Dove is the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Previous winners of the Rita Dove Poetry Award are B.J. Buckley, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Joanna Catherine Scott, Mary F. Morris, Terry Godbey, and Susan Lilley.

The 2010 judge for the Rita Dove Poetry Award is Leslie Adrienne Miller. She is author of five books of poetry, The Resurrection Trade and Eat Quite Everything You See from Graywolf Press, and Yesterday Had a Man in It, Ungodliness, and Staying Up For Love from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Professor of English at the University of Saint Thomas, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston, an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, an M.A. from the University of Missouri, and a B.A. from Stephens College.

The creative nonfiction award honors Salem College writer-in-residence Penelope Niven, the author of Swimming Lessons: Life Lessons from the Pool, from Diving In to Treading Water as well as biographies on Carl Sandburg, James Earl Jones and Edward Steichen. She is the recipient of the 2004 North Carolina Award in Literature, the highest civilian honor awarded by the state. Niven is currently working on two books including a biography of Thornton Wilder. Previous winners of the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award are Maureen Stanton, Catherine Rainwater, S. Jean Graham, M.B. McLatchey, Pascha A. Stevenson, and Maria Hummel.

The 2010 judge for the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award is Janet Burroway. Janet Burroway was born in Tucson, Arizona, educated in Phoenix and at the University of Arizona, Barnard College (A.B. cum laude), Cambridge University, England and at the Yale School of Drama. She is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emerita at Florida State University. Janet Burroway is the author of eight novels, a book of poetry, and a collection of essays, Embalming Mom. Ms. Burroway's textbook Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft is the most widely used fiction writing text in America. .

The short fiction award honors native North Carolinian Reynolds Price, who is the author of more than 30 books including The Good Priest’s Son, Roxanna Slade, The Promise of Rest and Kate Vaiden. He has received such awards as the William Faulkner Award for a notable first novel and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his memoir Clear Pictures. He is James B. Duke Professor of English at Duke University. Previous winners of the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award are Sheryl Monks, Jennifer S. Davis, Matthew Pitt, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Becky Hagenston, and Jacob M. Appel.

The 2009 judge for the Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award is Lee Martin. He earned his MFA from the University of Arkansas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His stories have been widely published in journals including The Georgia Review, Story, Double-Take, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, and Glimmer Train Stories. He received a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction (1995) as well as Individual Arts Fellowships in Fiction from the Ohio Arts Council (1987) and the Tennessee Arts Commission (1989). He was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Salem College Center for Women Writers provides an opportunity for writers to express their creativity in conversation, in workshops, in community and college courses and through readings and lectures. The Center encourages participation by all of those interested in writing, in various genres of expression and in the process of publication of their craft.