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Columbus State University's Department of English
and Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
proudly present...

The First Annual Carson McCullers Literary Festival

April 20-21, 2018

Carson McCullers Literary Award Winners
We're beefing up the Carson McCullers Literary Awards! 
More prizes, more prize money, a two-day festival format featuring readings and master classes by nationally known writers, an all-student poetry slam, and pre-festival Saturday workshops for high school student writers.

Prize Money Doubled, New Prize Categories!
In addition to Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction and Expository Essay, we've added Screenplay and One-Act Play categories, with $300 for First Place, and $200 for Second Place, and $100 for Third Place in each.

Deadline: Friday, March 23

Limit one entry in each category per student.


Introducing the first annual Carson McCullers Literary Festival


Five Pre-Festival Workshops at the Smith-McCullers House

  • Saturday, Feb. 3 – Poetry (led by Jonathan Perkins)
  • Saturday, Feb. 10 – Screenwriting (led by Natalia Temesgen)
  • Saturday, Feb. 24 – Playwriting (led by Scott Wilkerson) 
  • Saturday, Mar. 3 – Creative Nonfiction (led by Joe Miller)
  • Saturday, Mar. 10 – Fiction (led by Melissa Pritchard)

To register for any of the workshops, please email

The Festival will featured Writers/Workshop Leaders:

  • Harper Lee Award Winner Brad Watson
  • Novelist Melissa Pritchard
  • Poet Jonathan Perkins
  •  CSU Creative Writing Writer Professors Joe Miller, Natalia Temesgen, and Carey Scott Wilkerson

...and an Awards Ceremony with readings by winning student writers.