Editor’s Note: Contest Opens Aug. 1. Submission guidelines are posted here: New Southerner Literary Contest.
FINAL JUDGE, JAMES BAKER HALL MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY
Born and raised in Kentucky, Maurice Manning is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Gone and the Going Away (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). His collection The Common Man (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He was awarded the 2009 Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His first book, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (Yale University Press, 2001), was selected by W. S. Merwin for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. A former writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Manning teaches at Transylvania University and Warren Wilson College. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011. He lives in Washington County, Kentucky.
FINAL JUDGE, NONFICTION PRIZE
Julie Marie Wade is the author of Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures (Colgate University Press, 2010), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir; Without: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010), selected for the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Series; Small Fires: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2011), selected for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature; and Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems (White Pine Press, 2013), winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series. Her forthcoming collections include Tremolo: An Essay (Bloom Press, 2013), winner of the 2012 Bloom Nonfiction Chapbook Prize, and When I Was Straight: Poems (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2014). She lives with her partner Angie Griffin in the Sunshine State and teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami.
FINAL JUDGE, FICTION PRIZE
Crystal Wilkinson is the author of Blackberries, Blackberries (The Toby Press, 2000) winner of the 2002 Chaffin Award for Appalachian Literature and Water Street, a finalist for both the UK’s Orange Prize for Fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. The recipient of awards and fellowships from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, The Kentucky Arts Council, The Mary Anderson Center for the Arts and the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Wilkinson received the 2008 Denny Plattner Award in Poetry from Appalachian Heritage Magazine and the Sallie Bingham Award from the Kentucky Foundation for Women for the promotion of activism and feminist artist expression. She and her partner artist Ron Davis are owners of The Wild Fig Bookstore in Lexington. They are also founders and editors of Mythium: A Journal of Contemporary Literature Celebrating Writers of Color and the Cultural Voice.