Archive for July, 2009

Deadline looms for short fiction contest

Friday, July 24th, 2009

The Missouri Literary Festival Award for Short Fiction, featuring $600 in cash prizes, will accept its last entries at 9 p.m. Friday, July 31.

Open to writers of all ages from anywhere in the United States, this short fiction contest will award prizes of $300, $200, and $100 for first, second and third place, respectively.

Stories should be no more than 3,000 words in length and each entry must be submitted according to the contest rules below. Outstanding entries will be featured in a public reading at Park Central Branch Library during the Literary Festival, which will be held Oct. 2, 3 and 4 in downtown Springfield, MO.

1. Each story must be no longer than 3,000 words.

2. Each story must be the unpublished (and not under consideration of being published), original work of the entrant.

3. All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form, which contains the name, address, e-mail address, and phone number of the author, as well as the title of the story. Click here for a copy of the entry form. Each entry must be typed, double-spaced on one side of 8+1/2 x 11 paper and no longer than 3,000 words. Please submit the story using Microsoft Word or as an RTF Text file.

4. Names and copyright markings must be omitted from the manuscript, which will go to judges anonymously. Include the title and page number at the head or foot of each page.

5. Only one entry per person. A $15 fee is required when the story is submitted. Personal checks or postal money orders preferred.

6. Do not send originals – no entries will be returned.

7. Entries must be received no later than 9 p.m., Friday, July 31. Mail a print copy of your story, with your entry fee, Attn. William Brandon Bowman, Missouri Literary Festival, 411 North Sherman Parkway, Springfield, MO 65802. You should also email a copy of your manuscript to

8. Copyrights of winning manuscripts remain in the name of the authors, but the Missouri Literary Festival reserves the right to publish the winning entries and any honorable mentions and to reproduce them electronically on our website.

9. Prizes – Winner $300, Second Place $200, Third Place $100

University Plaza Hotel welcomes festival attendees

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

University Plaza Hotel is partnering with the Missouri Literary Festival as its official festival hotel, offering a special, discounted rate to festival attendees. The festival, slated for Oct. 2, 3 and 4, features nationally renowned writers in poetry, biography, business, faith, food, fiction and children’s literature, plus live music, arts performances, workshops, readings and film.

Located just one block south of the festival grounds at Hammons Field and The Creamery Arts Center, University Plaza Hotel offers first-class accommodations and amenities including  a fitness center, whirlpool, sundeck, indoor and outdoor pools, and high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel.

Click here to learn more about University Plaza Hotel and its amenities. Click here to book your room at the special Missouri Literary Festival rate.

“Flannery” author comes to Springfield in October

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The Missouri Literary Festival, A Brad GoochCelebration of Arts, Literature & Literacy, is proud to announce the addition of author Brad Gooch to the festival lineup.


Gooch, the author of “City Poet,” the acclaimed biography of Frank O’Hara, has recently published “Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor,” the definitive work on the iconic southern author.


Mary Flannery O’Connor wrote only two novels – “Wise Blood” and “The Violent Bear It Away” – and two short story collections – “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and “Everything That Rises Must Converge” – yet her influence on American literature and pop culture continues to resonate more than 4 decades after her death in 1964 from complications of lupus. 


Gooch is the recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities and Guggenheim fellowships; he earned his PhD at Columbia University and is a professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey.


Gooch joins a selection of renowned novelists, poets, business writers, children’s writers and other authors in the Missouri Literary Festival, Oct. 2-4 at The Creamery Arts Center and Hammons Field in downtown Springfield, MO. The festival will feature public readings, book signings, live music, live arts performances, film, food and more.


Admission is $5 for adults and free to children 10 and under. Proceeds of the festival will go to support arts programming through Springfield Regional Arts Council, as well as local literacy efforts and scholarships for young writers.