Department of English annual Truman Capote Literary Trust Award Competition open until March 21, 2019

The Truman Capote Literary Trust Award is an annual scholarship competition that alternates between prose and poetry each year. This competition is open to any rising juniors and seniors majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing at Appalachian State University.This year’s competition is focused on prose with an award in the  amount of $3,489 going to the 2019-20 winner.

Applicants must:

  • Submit two copies of two pieces of creative prose (fiction, creative nonfiction/memoir or drama).

  • A collection of flash fiction or essays totaling 10 or more pages may count as one of the two creative prose entries.

  • Include your name, Appalachian email and phone number on the first page of each set of entries and sign the entry log.

  • (Envelopes will be available by the entry box in Sanford hall; please put your entry in an envelope with your name on the outside.)

  • Judging will be done anonymously.

Entries are due by Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. and a winner will be announced by Thursday, May 2, 2019. Entries can be dropped off starting Monday, March 18, 2019.

The final judge this year is Novelist Abigail DeWitt, the author of the novels “News of Our Loved Ones,” “Dogs” and “Lili,” as well as short fiction, which has appeared in numerous literary journals. A recipient of grants and fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Michener Society, the Tyrone Guthrie Center and the McColl Center for the Arts. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers Workshop. DeWitt previously  taught fiction writing and French for several years at Appalachian State University.

For questions on this year’s competition, please email Professor Caleb Johnson at


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Truman Capote Scholarship Flyer
Published: Mar 8, 2019 2:44pm