2018 Novel Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered SFK’s 2018 Novel Contest!

The contest is now closed.

The Finalists will be announced on June 30th.

The winner will be announced on August 1st. 

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Pinckney Benedict, 2018 Literary Contest JudgeThe 2018 Novel Contest Judge

Pinckney Benedict grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He attended Princeton University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has published a novel (Dogs of God) and three collections of short fiction, the most recent of which is Miracle Boy and Other Stories. His work has been published in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the Pushcart Prize series, the Best New Stories from the South series, Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, and The Oxford Book of the American Short Story, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Benedict is the recipient of, among other awards and honors, a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fiction grant from the Illinois Arts Council, two Plattner Awards for fiction from Appalachian Heritage magazine, a Literary Fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award. Benedict has taught on the writing faculties of Oberlin College, Princeton University, Davidson College, and Hollins University, and he now serves as a professor in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and on the core faculty of the low-residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, NC.

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