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.
“Mommy issues” in memoirs—and life—might be cliché, but the courage and strength demonstrated by Clabough’s mother (she left the 1970s male-dominated world of research scientists to raise her child) makes her sympathetic though far from pitiable. Even as an adolescent Clabough, equally gifted and bull-headed, tests and resists her.