The Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing celebrate works in three genres namely fiction, nonfiction and poetry. These awards are for literary works that evoke the American South.
A national panel of judges reviews hundreds of nominated books and poems looking for works that ask readers to engage with the complexities of the U.S. South.
The Willie Morris Awards For Southern Writing Submission Guidelines
- Poets may submit one original, unpublished poem no longer than three pages that evokes the American South.
- Please note that current University of Mississippi students and employees are not eligible for any of the Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing.
- Fiction and nonfiction winners receive a cash prize of $12,000. The winner of the poetry category receives $3,000.
- For works of fiction and non-fiction, the awards are for published books but for poetry, you should send a poem of up to 3 pages on the theme.
- Winners also receive an expenses-paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi. At Oxford, Mississippi they will be celebrated as the winning writers and also as part of the Oxford Conference for the Book.
- During their trip, winners have the chance to read from their work during the conference and meet and learn from other writers.
- They also enjoy an intimate celebration dinner with judges and other special guests at one of the town’s famed restaurants or a memorable location like Faulkner’s Rowan Oak, the University of Mississippi Museum or the Lyceum.
- To submit, click here.
$12,000 for prose and $3,000 for poetry.
30th September, 2023