A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel published during the previous year that is set in the South and reflects Willie Morris’s “hope for belonging, for belief in a people’s better nature, for steadfastness against all that is hollow or crass or rootless or destructive.” The winner will also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Oxford, Mississippi, for the awards ceremony. Susan Kingsolving will judge. Submit a novel of at least 50,000 words published in 2020 by April 30. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
University of Mississippi, Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, 615 Grove Loop, University, MS 38677. Susan Nicholas, Coordinator.