2013 William Plumer Potter Fiction Contest

The Department of English Literature announces its annual student fiction contest for the WILLIAM PLUMER POTTER AWARDS, offering prizes of $500, $400, and $300. Interested students should submit a single piece of fiction of no more than 20 pages (double-spaced, paginated, with 1-inch margins) to the English Department office (LPAC 202) by 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2013.  Stories that have won previous Potter awards are not eligible for this year's contest.

The judge for the 2012 Potter Awards is Gavin Grant. A graduate of the Clarion Writers' Workshop Program and published author, Gavin Grant, along with his wife, Kelly Link, founded the publishing house Small Beer Press in 2000.  The small house gained early attention in the world of speculative fiction with a series of award-winning chapbook "zine" anthologies, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.  Subsequently, Small Beer began publishing short story collections and anthologies, featuring writers such as Ursula K. LeGuin, Maureen McHugh, John Kessel, Theodora Goss, Kelly Link, Ray Vukcevich, Carol Emshwiller, and Kate Wilhelm among others. (Currently, the Swarthmore Bookstore has copies of two collections of Ursula K. LeGuin stories edited and published by Grant.)  Small Beer Press books have won the Philip K. Dick Award, and been finalists for the Story Prize, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards; been chosen as best of the year by Booklist, Time Magazine, Salon, Village Voice, and the San Francisco Chronicle among others; been reprinted by Penguin and iBooks; been Book Sense picks; been excerpted on Salon.com; and have received starred reviews in Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal.  When author Terri Windling retired from co-editing The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror anthologies in 2003, Grant and Link took her place, working with editor Ellen Datlow on these award-winning anthologies. 

Gavin Grant will award the prizes, read, and discuss the life and times of a small-press publisher and editor on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Scheuer Room in Kohlberg.