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The 2018 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry (Emerging and Established Poets), Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Nonfiction Prose

 

The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate creative magazine, are pleased to announce the 2018 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry by an emerging poet (book-length or single-author first or second collection of poetry), one book of poetry by an established poet (book-length or single-author third or subsequent collection of poetry), one book of literary fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection), one book of genre fiction (novel, novella, or single-author short fiction collection), and one book of prose nonfiction (literary nonfiction, memoir, or single-author essay collection) will be selected from submissions of titles published in 2017, and the winning authors will receive an honorarium of $1000.00 and will present a public reading and participate in panels at the Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. The dates for the 2018 festival will be October 24-26, 2018. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the five winners.

Entries may be submitted by either author or publisher, and must include a copy of the book, a cover letter, a brief biography of the author including previous publications, and a $20.00 entry fee made out to SIUC - Dept. of English. Entrants wishing to submit entry fees electronically should email a request to grassrootsmag@gmail.com and they will be sent a link to pay by PayPal or credit card. Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2017 - February 2, 2018. Materials postmarked after February 2 will be returned unopened.

Because we cannot guarantee their return, all entries will become the property of the SIUC Department of English. Entrants wishing acknowledgment of receipt of materials must include a self-addressed stamped postcard.  

Judges will come from the faculty of SIUC's MFA Program in Creative Writing and the award winners will be selected by the undergraduates at Southern Illinois University Carbondale undergraduates and staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2018. All entrants will be notified of the results in June 2018 if they provide an email address.  

The awards are open to single-author titles published in 2017 by independent, university, or commercial publishers. The winners must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must agree to attend and participate in the 2018 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival (October 24-26, 2018) to receive the award. Entries from vanity presses and self-published books are not eligible. No titles exclusively published as e-books are eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.

 

Past winners of the Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards
 

 

Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2017 - February 2, 2018 (please do not send materials early or late). 

Send all materials to: 

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards/GRASSROOTS 
Dept. of English, Mail Code 4503 
Southern Illinois University Carbondale 
1000 Faner Drive 
Carbondale, IL  62901   

(please indicate category on envelope: EMERGING POETRY, ESTABLISHED POETRY, LITERARY FICTION, GENRE FICTION, PROSE NONFICTION on envelope) 

For further information, e-mail grassrootsmag@gmail.com or call 618-453-6833




 

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