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Everett Southwest Literary Award


The Everett Family Southwest Literary Award honors the late Dr. Mark Allen Everett and is just one of the many generous donations given through the Everett Family Foundation Fund.

First place receives $5,000 and the second place manuscript will receive $3,000.

 "This award is unique because it aims to reward writers in this region of the country and because of the generous prize amount," notes novelist and short story author Constance Squires, Director of the Everett Southwest Literary Award.

Previous judges of this competition include Sandra Cisneros, Rilla Askew, Allison Hedge Coke, Lee K. Abbott, Rob Roensch, and Brian Turner and Kelli Jo Ford. 

The award is open to writers residing in or writing about Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas, excluding current and former paid employees, faculty, and students of the University of Central Oklahoma. 

This contest will resume in January 2023.

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