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Best American Newspaper Narrative Contest

In an effort to foster narrative nonfiction storytelling at newspapers across America, The Dallas Morning News is sponsoring a writing contest conducted by the Mayborn Conference: The Best American Newspaper Narrative Contest. Deadline is June 1.

Best American Newspaper Narratives 2012

The Best American Newspaper Narratives of 2012 will be released by the Mayborn Conference/UNT Press May 2014. This book will be on sale at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference July 18-20. To pre-order, go to: http://untpress.unt.edu/catalog/3591. See the winners' summaries here.





Enter the Mayborn's Writing Contests and Win Major Cash Awards and Publishing Contracts

Conference attendees will once again have the opportunity to submit their best writing samples to the 10th annual Mayborn Writing Competition. The deadline for submission is June 1. Winners can win cash and prizes in three categories: personal essay, reported narrative and book manuscript. The winners of the writing contests are inducted each year into the two honorary societies of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Moreover, Mayborn essay and manuscript winners continue to secure major book publishing contracts.

Paul Knight, now an assistant editor for Texas Monthly, earned first place in the Mayborn’s 2012 manuscript contest for Devil on the Plains, the true story of John Coffee Hays and his fearsome company of rangers on the Western frontier. The book was sold to Penguin. No release date has been set. Susannah Charleson’s Scent of the Missing was published by Houghton Miffflin. Tony Schwalm’s “Trek,” won first place in the Mayborn’s personal essay contest. The essay was transformed into a book, The Guerilla Factory published by Simon and Schuster in 2012.

Mayborn Fellowship in Biography

The Mayborn Fellowship in Biography offers a two to three week creative residency in Santa Fe in a casita in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Santa Fe, NM. Providing a concentrated period of uninterrupted time, as well as mentoring by distinguished biographer James McGrath Morris, the fellowship is intended to provide an emerging biographer with solitude and inspiration. Deadline is June 1, 2015.

Young Spurs Writing Contest

This history writing contest is open to high school and community college students. To be chosen is to be published and to be a guest at the 2015 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Read more here.