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April 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Worcester Art Museum Literary Contest

John Updike noted that being in a museum made him feel more hopeful about his writing. The Worcester Art Museum Literary Contest celebrates this hopeful spirit, at the heart of all our writing classes, and those stories born of the union of visual art and the written word.  The contest is open to fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry, inspired by the Museum collection.  New York Times bestselling author Margot Livesey will judge.  Livesey and the top three winners will read at a special WAM event.

Prizes:   1st Prize—Free class  (up to $250), 2nd Prize—Worcester Art Museum Membership (or upgrade), 3rd Prize—Winner’s choice of WAM art catalogue

Submission Deadline:  May 1, 2012—August 31, 2012

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit your fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry of no more than 1,500 words.
  • Include word count in upper right corner.  Hand-written manuscripts will not be considered.
  • One submission per person.
  • All entries will be considered anonymously. Your name must not appear on any page of the manuscript.  Send 2 manuscript copies and 2 cover letters.  Your letter must be a brief description of how the Worcester Art Museum inspired your work. Do not include your name or contact information on the first letter.  Include your name, address, phone number, and email on the second letter.
  • Please send Manuscripts to:

Literary Contest

Worcester Art Museum Education Department

55 Salisbury Street

Worcester, MA  01609-3196

Eligibility:  You must have registered for a WAM class (writing or art) between 1/1/2010 and 8/31/2012.  We will not consider entries from anyone employed by the Worcester Art Museum within the past 5 years or affiliated with the contest judge.

Judge:  Margot Livesey is the author of seven novels, most recently The Flight of Gemma Hardy (Harper 2012).  Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, and The Atlantic, and she is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.  The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 O.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.  Livesey lives in the Boston area and is a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.

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