Sponsored by: The Ruth Hindman Foundation and the University of Alabama in Huntsville English Department
Judged by: A panel of nationally recognized, award-winning authors, directors of creative writing programs, and editors of literary journals.
Award: $1,000 / $2,000 prize (the university site says $1,000; the H.E. Francis site, $2,000)
Limitations: Manuscripts must be unpublished and may not exceed 5,000 words in length. Multiple submissions are acceptable so long as we are notified immediately in the event that a manuscript is selected by another competition or publication.
Deadline: December 31, 2012 (postmark)
Entry Fee: Check or money order for $15 for each submission, made out to the Ruth Hindman Foundation.
Format: All manuscripts must be free of any means of author identification. A cover sheet must accompany each submission. This cover sheet must indicate the title of the story, the author's name and address, and the approximate word count.
Submission of entries: Mail submissions to Department of English, Morton Hall 222, H.E. Francis Contest, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899.
A submission is complete when it includes all of the following:
Three copies of the manuscript
If desired, SASE for announcement of winner
Announcement of Winner: March 2013
Read more about the competition, including the complete rules and a portal for electronic entries and payment here.
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