THE GURNEY NORMAN PRIZE FOR FICTION IS NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS. THE WINNER OF THE 2015 GURNEY NORMAN PRIZE FOR FICTION WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
Born in Grundy, Virginia, Gurney Norman has been a member of the University of Kentucky's creative writing faculty for 36 years. In addition to his published fiction, much of his creative work has been in different forms of media. Three of his stories have been adapted as short films, directed by Andrew Garrison. His novella Ancient Creek was first published as a spoken-word album. He has written and presented three documentary films for KET.
In recognition of Gurney's contribution to the University of Kentucky and to Appalachian literature, Limestone is proud to present the Gurney Norman Prize for Fiction. Open to all undergraduate students at an institute of higher education in the states defined as central and southern Appalachian states, the Gurney Norman Prize for Fiction is open for submissions until 31st December 2015.
The Limestone editorial staff will select the finalists, with the first prize winner to be selected by Gurney Norman.
The first prize winner, as judged by Gurney Norman, will receive a cash prize of $300.
All finalists will have their work published in a print edition of Limestone, due for release in spring 2016 and will also receive one copy of the print edition in which their work appears.
This contest is free to enter. We can only accept one entry per person.
Please read the following guidelines and eligibility criteria carefully before you submit your work.
1. All work must be original, and previously unpublished. This means your work must not have appeared in print or electronically, in any format. Electronic publication includes personal blogs and online forums.
2. We will accept simultaneous submissions. However, you must immediately notify us by withdrawing your piece from consideration if it is accepted elsewhere.
3. All entrants must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an institute of higher education in one of the states defined as central and southern Appalachian states, both at the time of entry AND for the spring 2016 semester. Full-time undergraduate status requires enrollment for a minimum of 12 credit hours, or equivalent, and includes non-traditional students.
4. For the purposes of this contest, Limestone uses the Appalachian Regional Commission's definition of central and southern Appalachian states, which comprise Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Missisippi.
5. Winning entrants will be required to demonstrate proof of undergraduate status, as defined above.
6. By submitting work to this contest, all entrants simultaneously submit their work in consideration for Limestone's online issues.
7. Limestone requires First North American Serial Rights and archival rights for all winners and runners-up.
8. Only one entry per person is permitted.
9. All submissions must be in the English language.
10. Only electronic submissions will be accepted, via our submissions manager. Submissions are limited to no more than 20 double-spaced, 12pt typed pages of prose.
11. Submissions will remain open until midnight on 31st December 2015. Any submissions received after this deadline will not be included in the contest entries.
12. Winners and runners-up will be notified by email in early spring 2016. We regret that we cannot inform all entrants of their status individually. A list of winners and runners-up will be published on our website after the winners and runners-up have been notified.
IN SUBMITTING YOUR WORK, YOU CONFIRM YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE GUIDELINES AND CONDITIONS.
Limestone extends its gratitude to Chris Barton, Director of UK's Appalachian Center and Deirdre Mikolajcik, President of the English Graduate Student Organization, for their support and sponsorship of this contest. We are also appreciative of the guidance and support of Julia Johnson, Kristen Pickett, Nijad Zakharia, Scott Horn, and the staff at The Hive.