RiverFest puts call out to fiction writers

NEW ALBANY – The June 30 deadline is looming for the 2009 William Faulkner Awards literary competitions that are part of the Tallahatchie RiverFest.
The annual arts festival in downtown New Albany is scheduled this year for Sept. 25-26.
The Tallahatchie RiverFest celebrates “the creative spirit of the artists, craftsmen, writers and musicians whose roots are deep within the region through which this river flows,” said Bethany Dalton, the event’s director.
“As the birthplace of novelist William Faulkner, it is appropriate for New Albany to recognize his achievements and encourage others to explore individual expressions through the written word,” she added.
This year’s literary competitions include adult and college-age short story, student (grades 9-12) short story and one-act play. Cash prizes are $100, $50 and $25 for first-, second- and third-place winners in each category.
Short story submissions must be original, unpublished pieces with a maximum of 5,000 words. Entry fee is $10 per work for adults (including college students) and free for those in grades 9-12.
The one-act play competition also requires an original, unpublished work no more than 60 minutes long. Entry fee is $10 for each play, regardless of age.
The winning play(s) will be produced by the Tallahatchie River Players during RiverFest at the Magnolia Civic Center. Casting for the selected play(s) will begin in August.
William Faulkner Awards winners will be notified before RiverFest and will be publicly recognized during the festival.
Entries must be postmarked no later than June 30 and mailed to Tallahatchie RiverFest, c/o UCDA, P.O. Box 125, New Albany, MS 38652. For complete rules, visit www.tallahatchieriverfest.com or call (662) 534-4354.

Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

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