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WV Wesleyan MFA Program Holds Annual Broadside Writing Contest

Apr 13, 2018

A writing practice requires us to slow down, reflect, and attend. HeartWood Literary Magazine & West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program seek to honor this practice with an annual broadside contest. The winning entry will be printed on a limited-edition letterpress broadside designed by Charleston, WV letterpress company Base Camp Printing. The contest runs April 1 through June 1, 2018.

Those interested may submit one poem or flash prose piece, fiction or nonfiction, of 200 or fewer words to, along with a $15 entry fee. Previously published entries cannot be submitted for this contest; however, simultaneously submitted work is permitted as long as the editors are notified if the work is accepted elsewhere. There is no limit on the number of entries.

A $500 cash prize and 25 copies of the limited-edition letterpress broadside will be awarded to the winner, and all entrants will receive a copy of the winning print. The winner and honorable mentions will be publicly announced in the October 2018 issue of HeartWood. All entries will also be considered for publication in HeartWood.

Poet Ron Houchin will serve as contest judge. Houchin grew up in Huntington, WV and comes from a family of factory workers, coal miners, and farmers deeply rooted in Appalachia. For 30 years, he taught English, composition, and literature in a secondary school in the southernmost Appalachian region of Ohio. He has published eight books of poetry, one collection of short stories, and a novella, The Devil’s Trill. The Man Who Saws Us in Half, published October 2013 by Louisiana State University Press’s Southern Messenger Series, was awarded the Weatherford Award for poetry by Berea College. His latest book, Planet of the Best Love Songs, was published by Salmon Publishing of Ireland in 2017.

For more information, contact Jessie van Eerden, MFA Director, at or 304-473-8329.