Union County and New Albany are unique in that storytelling and writing have deep roots in the red clay soil that wellsprings so much life. William Faulkner's birth here in 1897 was not the beginning or the end of that creative aspect of our culture. His body of work provides a unique perspective and honors who we are in a way that resonates throughout the world.
Other well known writers from Union County such as Borden Deal saw the stories unfold around him also chose storytelling and writing as a calling,
We hope that you will join us in this celebration of the written word and the telling of the tale. Write your short story, and/or one-act play and join us in this celebration of
EVERY ARTIST'S AIM
"The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that 100 years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life. Since man is mortal, the only immortality possible for him is to leave something behind him that is immortal since it will always move. This is the artist's way of scribbling 'Kilroy was here' on the wall of the final and irrevocable oblivion through which he must someday pass."
William Faulkner in an interview with Jean Stein from Lion in the Garden
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New Category for 2013!
William Faulkner Literary Contest offers a new category in Novel Writing. Thanks to the generous donation of former Union County resident Eric Saul, now of Franklin, Tennessee, the contest is expanding to emerging novelists.
The expansion of the contest and the inclusion of the community into the Southern Literary Trail shows that there is a growing awareness of the literary history and potential of this area.
Prize money for the new category is $1000 for the winning entry. His donation is added to that of the New Albany Gazette, who has supported the event in the past by the donation of prize money.
The Novel Writing Category joins Adult Short Story (5000 Words) and One Act plays, as well as the student short story category.
Rules for this portion of the William Faulkner Literary Competition include:
1. $50 entry fee
2. The RiverFest Literary Committee reserves First Rights on the winner
3. All entries must be original works in English. No plagiarism will be accepted.
4. Excess violence , sex or religious extremism, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification
5. Entries must never have been previously published.
6. Entries should be works of prose from 50,000 to 150,000 words in length. (approximate). Longer works will be taken into consideration.
7. Entries must be submitted in electronic format of pdf files on Thumb Drives or dvd, and one printed copy.
8. Entries should be double spaced, numbered pages in MS Word, Adobe PDF, Microsoft Works
9. Entries should have a cover page with the title of the work, author’s name, full mailing address, telephone number(s), and email address. Every other page should carry the title and page number but NOT the author’s name.
10. Entries should be received by July 1, 2013.
11. All entries are final, no revision accepted.
12. Winners will be notified by email and by mail.
13. The judges’ decision is final
14. Winners will be announced at the September 20, Literary Luncheon at the First United Methodist Church in New Albany, Mississippi, birthplace of William C. Faulkner.