Editor’s Note: Contest Opens April 1. Submission guidelines are posted here: New Southerner Literary Contest.
Sena Jeter Naslund is the author of the novels Adam & Eve, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, Four Spirits, Ahab’s Wife; Or, the Star-Gazer, Sherlock in Love, The Animal Way to Love, and two short story collections, The Disobedience of Water and Ice Skating at the North Pole. Ahab’s Wife, a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection and national bestseller, was selected by Time magazine as one of the five best novels of 1999 and appeared on the notable book lists of the New York Review of Books and of Publishers Weekly. Four Spirits, a national bestseller, appeared on the notable book lists of The New York Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, The Seattle Times and The Courier-Journal. Abundance, a New York Times Bestseller, has been translated into German, Spanish, Polish, Danish, Greek and Hebrew. A former Kentucky Poet Laureate, she is program director of the brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Spalding University. Her short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The American Voice and The Michigan Quarterly Review, and she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, as well as the Lawrence Fiction Prize, the Heasley Prize and the Hall-Waters Award.
Jason Howard is the coauthor of Something’s Rising: Appalachians Fighting Mountaintop Removal (with Silas House) and the editor of We All Live Downstream: Writings About Mountaintop Removal. A former senior editor and staff writer for Equal Justice Magazine, Howard’s feature articles and creative nonfiction essays have been widely anthologized and have appeared in such publications as Paste, The Louisville Review, Appalachian Heritage, New Southerner, Kentucky Living and others. He is the nonfiction editor for Still: The Journal. An accomplished musician, he plays piano, autoharp and bass. Howard graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in political communication, an interdisciplinary major of political science, journalism, communication and electronic media. He lives in Berea, Kentucky, widely known as “the place to be for the apocalypse.”
Jeff Worley is the editor of What Comes Down To Us, which features 25 of Kentucky’s most accomplished contemporary poets. Together they serve to illustrate the diversity and richness of poetry being written today in the Commonwealth. A poet who has lived in Kentucky for more than two decades, Worley is the author of four collections of poetry, including Best to Keep Moving, The Only Time There Is, which won the Mid-List Press first-book competition in 1995, A Simple Human Motion and Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern, which was named 2006 Kentucky Book of the Year in poetry. His poems have been published widely, and he won the Atlanta Review 2002 grand prize for the poem “His Funeral.” Worley has served as editor of Odyssey magazine since 1997.