The 2014 New Southerner Literary Contest opens August 1 and runs through September 30. In addition to publication in the literary edition and the chance to participate in a celebratory reading, we offer $200 prizes for winners of Fiction, Nonfiction, and the James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry. New Southerner editors and advisory board members blindly review and select the top five entries in each category. Final judges select winning entries. This year’s final judges are Steven R. Cope, Dianne Aprile, and Charles Dodd White. Submission guidelines are posted here: New Southerner Literary Contest.
FINAL JUDGE, JAMES BAKER HALL MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY
While in some quarters he’s known only for his music, Steven R. Cope is most widely recognized as an author and poet. Since his first published poem, “Old Wolf,” in 1973, his work has appeared in more than 250 magazines, journals, anthologies, and newspapers around the country, winning prizes or awards from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Academy of American Poets, Borestone Mountain, and others. Although Cope’s themes are far-reaching, he has always maintained, stylistically and otherwise, a conscious independence both inspired and nurtured by his Eastern Kentucky Appalachian heritage. His poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and twice been anthologized in Best Poems of the Year. Among his numerous works are five major volumes of poetry: In Killdeer’s Field, Clover’s Log, Crow!, The Furrbawl Poems, and The Mad Reverend. He is also the author of the novel Sassafras, the collection of short fiction The White Doors; the fable/story collection The Book of Saws, and a thousand and one tongue-in-cheek proverbs The Appalaches or “Talking Down a Hole.”
FINAL JUDGE, NONFICTION PRIZE
Dianne Aprile is the author and editor of nonfiction books, including A Landscape and Its Legacy: The Parklands of Floyds Fork; Making a Heart for God: A Week Inside a Catholic Monastery; The Eye Is Not Enough: On Seeing and Remembering with printmaker Mary Lou Hess; The Abbey of Gethsemani: Place of Peace and Paradox; and The Things We Don’t Forget: Views from Real Life. Her latest collaborative project, The Book, combines fine-art photographs by Julius Friedman with writers’ texts. A former journalist and jazz-club co-owner, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and Washington state’s Artist Trust. Aprile is a member of the nonfiction faculty of Spalding University’s brief-residency MFA in writing program. She is also a contributor to This I Believe: Kentucky. Her essays and book reviews have been published in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and online journals, and also appear in such anthologies as A Kentucky Christmas, Conversations with Kentucky Authors, and Savory Memories.
FINAL JUDGE, FICTION PRIZE
Charles Dodd White is the author of the novels A Shelter of Others and Lambs of Men, as well as the story collection Sinners of Sanction County. In 2011 he was awarded a fellowship in prose from the North Carolina Arts Council and he recently accepted a position as assistant professor of English at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee. His fiction has appeared in Appalachian Heritage, The Collagist, Fugue, Night Train, North Carolina Literary Review, PANK, Word Riot, among other publications. A recipient of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, he has frequently contributed to Rain Taxi Review of Books. White was born in Atlanta and grew up in both the city and the woods. He has been a Marine, a fishing guide, and a journalist. He lives with his wife and boys in Candler, North Carolina, and is at work on a new novel called Feasts of the Sun.