The Eudora Welty Ephemera Prize
for High School Creative Writing
Named in honor of Mississippi University for Women alumna Eudora Welty and one of the W’s early creative writing journals, Ephemera, the $200 prize will be awarded to up to 5 entries. All prizewinners will be honored at the Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium at Mississippi University for Women on October 22-24, 2020. They will receive an award and give a brief, virtual reading. The winning entries and honorable mentions will be published on our website. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year school groups will not be invited to the Symposium, but all sessions will be streamed live.
- One entry per student in one of the following categories: Fiction, Essay, or Poetry.
- Fiction and Essays must be double-spaced, 2,000 words or less
- Poetry must be single-spaced, 1-3 poems, 100 total lines or less
- Longer is not necessarily better!
- Each entry must be the original work of the student who submits it
- Entries must address this year’s Symposium theme:
- “‘Walking Along in the Changing-Time’: Southern Writers in Uncertain Times” (see the Lesson Plan)
- Or entries may respond to the Eudora Welty story "The Wide Net"
- Do not include your name on your story, essay, or poems
- Do include a cover page with:
- Your name, high school, and teacher’s name
- The title of story or essay or titles of poems submitted
- Your address, phone number, and email address
- Submission deadline: September 15, 2020
- Or may be mailed to: Dr. Kendall Dunkelberg
Dept. of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy
1100 College St., P.O. Box MUW-1634
Columbus, MS 39701
The final judges for the contest will be Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium authors Juyanne James and Sandra Meek.
Students must be enrolled at a high school (or be home schooled) in Mississippi in grades 10-12 for the 2020-21 school year. Students from nearby schools in Alabama (within approximately 100 miles of Columbus) or from a school sponsored by a W alum are also eligible. To sponsor a school outside Mississippi, the W alum needs only to attach a brief letter, indicating her/his graduating class or year(s) of attendance.
Children and close relatives of faculty in the Department of Languages, Literature, and Philosophy or of the judges are ineligible. Students who graduated high school prior to September 1, 2020 are no longer eligible.