The 2016 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction Prose
The Department of English at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and GRASSROOTS, SIUC's undergraduate literary magazine, are pleased to announce the 2016 Devil's Kitchen Reading Awards. One book of poetry (book-length work or single-author collection of poems), one book of 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 single-author titles published in 2015, 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 2016 festival will be October 26-28, 2016. Travel and accommodations will be provided for the three 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 e-mail a request to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be sent a link to pay by PayPal or credit card.
Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2015 - February 2, 2016. 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 staff of GRASSROOTS. The winners will be notified in May 2016. All entrants will be notified of the results by e-mail in June 2016.
The three awards are open to single-author titles published in 2015 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 2016 Devil's Kitchen Fall Literary Festival (October 26-28, 2016) to receive the award. Entries from vanity presses and self-published books are not eligible. Current students and employees at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and authors published by Southern Illinois University Press are not eligible.
Entries must be postmarked December 1, 2015 - February 2, 2016 (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 "Poetry," "Fiction," or "Nonfiction" on envelope)
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