Lincoln Memorial University

Contest Guidelines

Postmark deadline: June 1, 2018

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival 2018 at Lincoln Memorial University announces its thirteenth annual writing competition. Prize amounts of $150 for first place, $75 for second place and $50 for third place are awarded in each category. Honorable mentions are awarded at the discretion of the judges.

$150 for first place
$75 for second place
$50 for third place


The Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction
Entries for this prize are limited to no more than 3,000 words and may not be entered simultaneously in the Still contest.  
The James Still Prize for Short Story
Entries for this prize should be no more than 4,000 words and there is no restriction on subject matter.  Judge to be annouced shortly.
The George Scarbrough Prize for Poetry
There are no restrictions on subject matter for this prize. One entry is considered a single poem or a set of up to three poems.  
The Emma Bell Miles Prize for Essay
Entries for this prize should be no more than 4,000 words, and there is no restriction on subject matter.  
General Contest Rules
Submitted entries must be unpublished. Simultaneous entries are accepted. Manuscripts should be typed in a “plain” 12 point font (i.e. Times, Arial). Photocopies are accepted. Prose must be double spaced. Poetry must be single spaced.

Submit one copy of your manuscript with one title page that includes your name, address, telephone number, email address, the title of the piece, and the name of the contest to which you are submitting. Make sure that your name does not appear anywhere besides the title page to insure blind judging.

Please enclose a check or money order for $10 per entry. Multiple entries are welcome and may be submitted in one envelope (this includes even if you’re submitting in multiple genres, which we welcome).  Please provide separate title pages for each entry. There is no need to write multiple checks or money orders for more than one entry; one payment for the total amount is encouraged (so long as the total check covers all individual submissions).

We do not acknowledge receipt of submissions. And, while we take the greatest care in handling your submissions, we assume no responsibility for lost or damaged manuscripts. Contest entry fees cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

Contest winners will be announced and recognized at the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at LMU on Saturday, June 16, 2018. Contest prizes will be mailed to winners who are not present at the festival’s award ceremony.

Contest results will be announced on the festival’s website within the following week. Email notification will be sent to contest entrants if a working email address is included on the submitted title page. Contest results will only be announced online and by email; please do not send a SASE for results.

Deadline for postmark is Friday, June 1, 2018. Any entry that is not postmarked on or before that date will not be opened. Failure to follow any of the above guidelines could result in disqualification. Do not send the only copy of your work as all entries will be recycled.

Please enclose $10 fee per entry (unlimited entries per person) and send your submission to:

Mountain Heritage Literary Festival Writing Contest
Lincoln Memorial University
P.O. Box 1643
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752

Send email inquiries to Darnell Arnoult at







423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752