Elizabeth Boatwright Coker
Student Prize in Short Fiction
Deadline: February 29, 2024
The Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Student Prize in Short Fiction, supported by the Penelope Coker Hall/Eliza Wilson Ingle Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation and sponsored by the South Carolina Academy of Authors, recognizes the talent of college student fiction writers in the state of South Carolina.
The award is $250 and an invitation to be honored at the SCAA Induction Ceremony.
There is no restriction on form or content, but submissions may not exceed 15 pages double-spaced and must be either one original, unpublished short story or one excerpt from a longer, unpublished work. You may submit multiple entries.
Entry is free.
We will accept entries in doc, docx, rtf, and pdf file formats.
Applicants must be 18-25 years old at the time of submission, legal residents of South Carolina, and enrolled full time at a private or public South Carolina institution of higher education. Applicants also must not have won this Prize in the previous three years.
Your name should not appear anywhere on the pages submitted. Include contact information in the appropriate fields along with a brief bio in the cover letter field on the submission manager. Be sure to click on the correct SC Academy of Authors submission link.
This year’s final judge will be Valerie Sayers.
Questions about the Coker Student Prize in Short Fiction should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valerie Sayers was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, which became the thinly disguised Due East of her fiction, and educated in New York, where she lived for many years. She is the author of six novels: The Powers; Who Do You Love and Brain Fever, both named "Notable Books of the Year" by the New York Times Book Review; Due East, which also appeared in five foreign editions; How I Got Him Back; and The Distance Between Us. A film, Due East, was based on Due East and How I Got Him Back. Her literary awards include a Pushcart Prize for fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship. A professor of English at the University of Notre Dome, she publishes stories, essays, and reviews widely.