The Department of English Literature announces its annual student fiction contest, offering prizes of $500, $400, and $300. Interested students should submit a piece of fiction of NO MORE THAN 20 PAGES (double-spaced, paginated, 12-point font, with 1-inch margins) as a PDF, labeled with your name and “fiction,” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stories that have won previous Potter awards are not eligible for this year’s contest. One entry per applicant, please.
Deadline: FRIDAY, MARCH 3 at 4:00 p.m.
AMY HEMPEL will judge this year’s contest. She will present the prizes and read from her own work on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Scheuer Room in Kohlberg.
A writer of funny, heart-breaking, mesmerizing stories, Amy Hempel has been celebrated for her “dazzling wit and exquisite use of language” (San Francisco Chronicle) and her “contained power…eerie, unsettling, always original” (The New York Times). In 2006, her Collected Stories won the Ambassador Award for Best Fiction of the Year, was named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Hempel is the recipient of innumerable fellowships and awards, including the PEN/Malamud Award for the Short Story and the Rea Award. She has taught fiction writing at Harvard, Bennington, Columbia, Princeton, and Florida State University, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.