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Created in 1982, the Methodist University Southern Writers Symposium is
designed to encourage scholarship on southern literature and culture, as
well as to celebrate the writings of contemporary southern authors.
Spoken Word Poet Dasan Ahanu
will lead a workshop.
The next Symposium will be held on March 2, 2013. Guidelines for the
Emerging Writers Contest and the Sandhills Young Writers Contest are posted
below, and additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
For more information, contact Brenda Jernigan at (910) 630-7454 or
The 23rd Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers
2013 Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers
|Lucinda Blumenfeld, president of Lucinda Literary,a
marketing and literary agency providing public relations and representation
for authors, will speak on using online resources to promote your
work and build an online presence.
To our finalists: thank you all for sharing your work with us. The judges
felt that all your work was strong and award-worthy, so we are quite pleased
to announce our winners:
- First Place: "Walking Suzi" by Ellis Anderson
- Second Place: "Someone To Calm Me" by Laura Steadham Smith
- Third Place: "Libration" by Jenni Moody
- First Place: "Woodshed" by Marty Silverthorne
- Second Place: "Nightsweats" by Jen Karetnick
- Third Place: "Of Barbecue and Blood" by Allyson Whipple
Howard Owen is the author of ten novels, including
Oregon Hill. Owen, an award-winning writer, was born in Fayetteville,
NC. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a journalism degree and earned
a master's degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University.
He lives in Fredericksburg and is an editor for The Free-Lance Star.
He published his first novel in 1992, and that original novel, Littlejohn,
has been translated into three languages, received numerous awards,
and was a Doubleday Book Club selection. In addition, the novel was
released in both audio and large-print editions, and the movie rights
were purchased. In 2002, he received the Theresa Pollack Award for Words.
Owen writes every day, and he is busy writing his next novel,
a sequel to Oregon Hill, to be published in July of 2013.