Student News, Short Story Competition, and More

Today we’re starting out with some very special student news: Congratulations to current M.A.W.P. student Stephanie Gladney Queen, who had her first baby only weeks before the start of the quarter. Anthony Gabriel Queen was born on November 23rd, 2011. Our best wishes go out to Stephanie and baby Anthony!


The Mitchelstown Literary Society is pleased to announce the launch of the second William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition. 

The Society was founded to celebrate the lives and works of two of Ireland’s literary greats with Mitchelstown connections. The short story competition evolved as a natural adjunct to Mitchelstown’s annual literary festival and aims to provide a competitive outlet for new and emerging writers in the short story genre. The continued support of William Trevor includes sponsoring the very generous First Prize of 3,000 Euro. Second prize is 500 Euro, and there will be an additional five runners-up winning 200 Euro each.

Ita Daly, two times winner of the Hennessy Literary Awards, Irish Times Short Story Award winner, and author of five novels including the recent Unholy Ghosts, will be the contest’s final judge.

Details of rules, official entry form(s), payment methods etc. can be found on the official website: There is entry fee of 20.00 Euro per entry and the deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, 30th March 2012. The winner and runners up will be notified personally as well as results being posted to the competition website as they become available.

Entries, by mail only, to:

Trevor/Bowen International Short Story Competition
37 Upper Cork Street
Co. Cork,

For more information, contact contest moderators at Tel: 025/84969 or at


Back at the beginning of the quarter, Ex Libris posted an announcement about the Institute for Reading Development summer teaching positions. If you were interested but didn’t get the chance to apply, or just missed the announcement, you’re in luck: The Institute for Reading Development has just announced that they continue to have positions available and are still accepting applications. All grad students and graduating seniors with an interest in teaching and strong reading skills are encouraged to apply. See the original announcement on Ex Libris and visit for more details, including how to apply.


Old Dominion University’s Barely South Review is now accepting submissions for their September 2012 issue. They are looking for unpublished poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and art.

You can read the January 2012 issue featuring interviews with the likes of Joy Williams and Naomi Shihab Nye at, and you’ll find the submission guidelines at

This is also a great reminder that Old Dominion University is accepting entries to the inaugural Norton Girault Literary prize! One fiction story will win $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. The guest judge this year is Cristina Garcia. Complete guidelines and entry form can be found at:

Deadline for September 2012 issue submissions is March 31st. Deadline for entries to the Norton Girault Literary Prize is February 29th, 2012.

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