September 22, 2011
The Missouri Literary Festival is pleased to announce the following winners in the Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest:
Missouri Writer Award
- Winner: Holly Elkins for The Paneled Map: A Story of the Quilt Code and Underground Railroad (View Story)
- First Runner-up: Wanda Fittro for One, Two, Three (View Story)
News-Leader Online People’s Choice Award
- Winner: Wanda Fittro for One, Two, Three (View Story)
- First Runner-up: Alice R. Cummings for Best Laid Plans (View Story)
National Writer Award
- Winner: Monique Hayes for Worth (View Story)
- First Runner-up: Ela Thompson for Broken Battle: Bed Time Stories from the Major (View Story)
Congratulations to our winners and all the writers who participated in the Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest.
August 25, 2011
In celebration of the Sesquicentennial events surrounding the U.S. Civil War, the Missouri Literary Festival and the Springfield News-Leader have teamed up to host the 2011 Civil War Challenge Short Story Contest.
From March to July 2011, the Missouri Literary Festival encouraged authors to take up the challenge and contribute their own creative short fiction for this contest. The writing contest was open to any fiction genre but stories were required to contain some element (such as setting, character, theme) related to the U.S. Civil War time period. As part of the competition, prizes will be awarded for National, Regional and People’s Choice winners.
As a leading corporate sponsor of the Missouri Literary Festival, the Springfield News-Leader will host the People’s Choice Award Voting from late August through September 11. During this time period, News-Leader online readers will be able to read and vote on their favorite short stories.
Winners will be announced during the Missouri Literary Festival which will be held Sept. 23, 24 and 25, 2011. The festival headliners include Novelist Jeff Shaara, author of “Gods and Generals” and “The Last Full Measure,” and Historian William C. Davis, author of numerous books on the Civil War including the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol.” Visitors will enjoy author readings, book signings, historic re-enactors and historic displays, a concert of Civil War era hymns and spirituals, children’s art activities, poetry readings, and more. Proceeds of the event will benefit Springfield Regional Arts Council and local writing and literacy programs, including Ozarks Literacy Council, Family Literacy Centers of the Ozarks and scholarships through the Writers Hall of Fame. For additional Missouri Literary Festival information go to http://www.missouriliteraryfestival.org.
To vote for your favorite short story use this URL:
March 25, 2011
The Missouri Literary Festival and the Springfield News-Leader are teaming up to host the 2011 Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest. In celebration of the Sesquicentennial events surrounding the U.S. Civil War, the Missouri Literary Festival will once again host a national writing contest.
All short story writers are encouraged to take up the challenge and contribute their own creative work. The contest is open to any fiction genre but stories should contain some element (such as setting, character, theme) related to the U.S. Civil War. Authors can submit their short story entries from March 31, 2011 through July 1, 2011 at 9:00 PM
New for the 2011 contest, the Springfield News-Leader will be a leading corporate sponsor of the Missouri Literary Festival. Once judging is complete a selection of top finalists will be presented on the News-Leader Online where the public will be able to read and vote for their favorite short stories.
For questions regarding the Missouri Literary Festival/Springfield News-Leader Civil War Challenge Short Fiction Contest email us at email@example.com.
September 29, 2009
We would like to thank all of the authors from across the country who submitted their creative work for the first Missouri Literary Festival Award for Short Fiction. The three finalists are:
1st Place – Dale Flowers for the story, Milkweed
2nd Place – Alice Cummings for the story, For Everything A Time
3rd Place – Holly Elkins for the story, The Magic Summer
Please join us at the Missouri Literary Festival, Friday, October 2, between 6 and 9 PM (Park Central Branch Library) to hear readings from the winning short stories. Check out the Festival website for the full weekend event schedule.
April 23, 2009
The Missouri Literary Festival is pleased to announce the creation of the Missouri Literary Festival Award for Short Fiction. This short story award contest is open to all writers who would like to share their creative work. Each author will have a chance to win one of three cash prize awards plus receive special recognition during Missouri’s premier literary festival.
This site has all the information you need to learn more about contest rules, submission guidelines, deadlines, judging and prize information.