2012 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 physical copy of 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 FRIDAY, MARCH 16 at 4:00 p.m. Stories that have won previous Potter awards are not eligible for this year's contest.

The judge for the 2012 Potter Awards is Wesley Stace, author of three novels - Misfortune (2005), By George (2007), and Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer (2010) - and also well known as the singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding: the most recent of his seventeen albums is The Sound of His Own Voice (2011). Misfortune was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, listed as one of the books of the year in the Washington Post and the Boston Phoenix, and was one of Amazon's Top Ten Novels of the Year. The Financial Times described his most recent book, Charles Jessold, as "inventive black comedy unfolding with Nabokovian precision." Stace was born in Hastings, Sussex, in 1965, and educated at the King's School, Canterbury, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He now lives in Philadelphia, and is currently artist-in-residence at Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ, where he curates the Words & Music Festival.

Wesley Stace will award the prizes and read from his work on MONDAY APRIL 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Scheuer Room in Kohlberg.