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

The Carson McCullers Literary Festival

Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22 , 2020
Featuring a Reading by Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate
a Reading by Melissa Pritchard, and Sandra Meek

Deadline: January 24, 2020

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.

The Sara Ayres Jordan Literary Prizes will be awarded exclusively for CSU students, with $300 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction.

This Festival will be the second semi-annual event of its kind 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 will be formally awarded at the Carson McCullers Literary Festival at 12:00, Saturday, February 22, and will represent 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:  Friday, January 24, 2020

Limit one entry in each category per student


The culminating event will be an Awards Ceremony Saturday, February 22, 12:00, honoring the winners of student writing contests.
Location: The Bo Bartlett Center, Columbus State University RiverPark Campus, Columbus, GA