The 2016 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 Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, Mary Popham, and Bobbi Buchanan. Submission guidelines are posted here: New Southerner Literary Contest.
FINAL JUDGE, JAMES BAKER HALL MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY
Mary Ann Taylor-Hall is the author of Dividing Ridge, a poetry collection, and the novels At the Breakers and Come and Go, Molly Snow. She is the widow of poet James Baker Hall, for whom the New Southerner poetry prize is named. Her collection of stories, How She Knows What She Knows About Yo-yos, was named Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. A recipient of the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” Award and a PEN/Syndicated Fiction Award, she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.
Mary Popham’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The Courier-Journal, The Louisville Review, New Southerner, 2nd and Church, and Appalachian Heritage. She holds an MFA from Spalding University, edits fiction and nonfiction, presents programs on writing, and is the events coordinator of a Louisville writers’ group, The Cherokee Roundtable. In October 2013, her novel Back Home in Landing Run was published by MotesBooks. She will soon publish Love is a Fireplace, a collection of short stories. Her blog address is: marypopham.wordpress.com.
FINAL JUDGE, NONFICTION PRIZE
Bobbi Buchanan is the author of Listen: Essays on Living the Good Life and coauthor of Higher Love: The Miraculous Story of a Family, which chronicles the lives of Paul Campion and Randy Johnson, two of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States. She is also the author of Tiny Little Beauty, a poetry collection. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Louisville Review, Sojourners, Brain Child Magazine, and other publications. She is the founding editor of New Southerner and co-founder of the Homegrown Art, Music & Spoken Word Show, an open-mic and arts exhibition series held bimonthly in Shepherdsville, Ky. Bobbi teaches academic writing part time at Bellarmine University and leads therapeutic writing workshops for inmates in substance abuse recovery at the Bullitt County Detention Center.