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Three Creative Writing Contests for February

from the Daily Mississippian by Cain Madden

The University of Mississippi Department of English is hosting three creative writing contests for the spring semester.

“We run several contests each spring, designed for different populations, from freshman students to graduate students,” said Beth Ann Fennelly, associate professor and director of the MFA program. “The contests are easy to enter and free, so we encourage all students to apply.”

The Evans Harrington Creative Writing Scholarship is a competition for a $500 tuition waiver open to freshmen and sophomores. The scholarship goes to the student who displays the most promise in creative writing.

The Ella Somerville Award is for juniors or seniors who submit the best work of short fiction or poetry. Two winners will receive a $100 award.

The Bondurant Prize is awarded to graduate students who write the best fiction or poetry. There are two $150 awards.

“Winning students are always thrilled to get the news and say that the encouragement and validation are as important as the money,” Fennelly said.

Entrants should include their name, title of works, address, phone number and e-mail addresses on a separate cover sheet. Students are to place their works in English lecturer Blair Hobbs’ mailbox, which is 135B in the English mail room in Bondurant Hall.

Contact Blair Hobbs at for further information.