Many thanks to the judges of the first Robert Penn Warren Prize for Fiction Awards sponsored by The Southerner. We hope it will become an annual event of high prestige, and a great way for writers to get published and paid for their work.
Padgett Powell, author of three novels, two story collections, and recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Paris Review's John Train Humor Prize. His short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire and Harper's. Powell teaches fiction writing at the University of Florida.
First and Second Round Judges
Fred Brown, staff writer for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, a member of the Scripps-Howard hall of fame, president of the Knoxville Writers' Guild, and co-author with his wife Jeanne McDonald of Growing Up Southern: How the South Shapes Its Writers.
Brian Griffin, Writer In Residence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxille's library and author of Sparkman In The Sky & Other Stories.
Allen Wier, author of three novels, a collection of stories, and an editor who has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, and the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship from the Texas Institute of Letters. He received the Chubb LifeAmerica Robert Penn Warren Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers in 1997, and he teaches writing and literature at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. An excerpt from his new novel, Two Talks: Many Moons of Weeping, was published in The Southerner's fall issue.
First Round Judges
Michael Knight, author of short stories and novels, is a professor of writing and literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has published fiction in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Esquire and other magazines. He was the recipient of a Henfeld Foundation Award, Playboy's 1996 College Fiction Contest, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers New Writing Award.
Sean Lovelace, a writer working on an MA in Fine Arts at the University of Alabama.
Thomas Fortenberry, associate editor of Writer's Choice, has published nonfiction, fiction, poetry, comic books, plays, teleplays, and screenplays.
Hugh Davis, a graduate associate and doctoral student in the English department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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