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The Carson McCullers Literary Festival

Information will be listed closer to the next Festival date

Deadline: TBD

Carson McCullers Literary Award Winners

The Carson McCullers Literary Festival offers prizes for high school students in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, expository essay, playwriting and screenwriting, with $300 for first place in each of those categories, $200 for second place, $100 for third place.

Prizes will also be awarded to CSU students, including the Sara Ayres Jordan Awards in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, as well as prizes in expository essay, playwriting and screenwriting, with $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place.

This Festival is a biennial event and will constitute a celebration of writing by high school students from around the state of Georgia and college students from Columbus State University. The prizes were formally awarded at the 2020 Carson McCullers Literary Festival on Saturday, February 22, and represented the culmination of a months-long series of free workshops and masterclasses at the Carson McCullers Center in which accomplished writers mentor student writers from around the state.

Deadline: TBD

Limit one entry in each category per student

Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians Website

The culminating event will be an Awards Ceremony on Saturday___TBD___honoring the winners of student writing contests.

Location: TBD