The Rash Awards


Rash Awards – Announcement of Winner & Finalists

The Rash Awards have been created in honor of Ron Rash, acclaimed poet, novelist, and short-story writer, who is an alumnus of Gardner-Webb University.  Rash’s first published work appeared in The Broad River Review, the literary magazine of Gardner-Webb University.

The Rash Awards offer $500 prizes in both fiction and poetry, as well as publication in The Broad River Review.  The inaugural winners of The Rash Awards will also be invited to share the reading stage with Ron Rash at the Ron Rash Festival on the campus of Gardner-Webb University on October 2, 2010 (as part of the Southern Appalachian Culture Series).  There is a $15 entry fee, which includes one copy of The Broad River Review 2011 and consideration for publication.  We consider all works submitted for publication, but only works with entry fees are eligible to win a contest prize.  George Singleton will judge the fiction award, while Keith Flynn will judge the poetry award.

Submissions must be postmarked by August 1, 2010 for consideration.

Each poetry submission is restricted to 1-5 poems and no more than 10 PAGES total per submission.  Fiction submissions are restricted to one short story between 2,000-5,000 words.  All entries must be typed.  Writers may submit multiple times in one or both genres, but each submission must include the required $15 (U. S.) entry fee, payable by check or money order to The Broad River Review.  Previously published poems and short stories, including web publications, are not allowed.  Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if our editors are notified immediately that the work has been accepted elsewhere.

Please send a cover letter with your name, postal address, phone number, e-mail address, and the title(s) of your work. Please do NOT include your name on your actual submission.  For those entering more than one submission, you may designate a gift copy of The Broad River Review 2011.  Please provide the name(s) and address(es) for where you want the journal(s) mailed.

Manuscripts will be numbered and all names on the manuscripts will be removed before they are presented to the judges.  In the event that judges do not deem any submissions worthy of the prize, The Broad River Review reserves the right to extend the call for manuscripts or to cancel the award.  Any family, friends, and previous students of the judges, or those with a reciprocal professional relationship with the judges, will be disqualified from the contest.  Submissions will be screened by the editors of The Broad River Review, and finalists will be forwarded for judging.

Winning manuscripts will appear in The Broad River Review 2011, which will be published in late spring, and all entrants will receive one copy of The Broad River Review 2011.  Manuscripts will not be returned.

Mark all envelopes, “Poetry Contest” or “Fiction Contest.”

The Rash Awards
c/o The Broad River Review
P.O. Box 7224
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs, NC 28017

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Official Contest Rules

  1. No previously published works, works accepted for publication, or simultaneous submissions are eligible.
  2. Poetry may be any length; maximum length for fiction is 5,000 words.
  3. All manuscripts must be typed. Fiction manuscripts must be double-spaced.
  4. Manuscripts must include a cover page/letter with author contact and biographical information (including email) and the name of each title submitted for the contest.  The author’s name may not appear elsewhere on the manuscript, as the judging will be anonymous.
  5. Winners will be notified by telephone.  Finalists will be notified by email.  All entrants will receive email notification with a full list of winners and finalists by September 1, 2010, at which time all manuscripts not selected will be released to authors for submission elsewhere.
  6. The inaugural winners for poetry and fiction will be invited to the Ron Rash Festival at Gardner-Webb University on October 1-2, 2010, where they will share the stage for a reading with Ron Rash.  Unfortunately, an honorarium and travel will not be provided for the winners.
  7. Manuscripts will be recycled.
  8. No email submissions will be accepted for The Rash Awards, although the regular submission process for The Broad River Review does allow for email submission.
  9. All manuscripts meeting the above requirements and submitted by August 1, 2010 (postmark) will be considered for the cash awards as well as for publication in The Broad River Review.
  10. Winning manuscripts will appear in The Broad River Review 2011, which will be published in late spring.  All entrants will be mailed copies of The Broad River Review 2011.
  11. Manuscripts should be sent to the following address:  The Rash Awards, c/o The Broad River Review, P.O. Box 7224, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC 28017.
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