Novel Excerpt

Joanna Catherine Scott Novel Excerpt Prize Category

1st Prize: $100…. 2nd Prize: $50…. Third Prize:…. $25

Category Details

Send first 20 pages. Include a one page (single space ok) synopsis. I’m looking for something that sounds very simple, but is the hardest thing of all: the ability to keep me turning pages.

About Judge/Sponsor

JOANNA CATHERINE SCOTT (Chapel Hill, NC) is the author of the novels Child of the South; The Road from Chapel Hill; Cassandra, Lost; The Lucky Gourd Shop; and Charlie, the nonfiction Indochina’s Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam; and the prizewinning poetry collections Breakfast at the Shangri-la, Fainting at the Uffizi, and Night Huntress. Her latest poetry collection is An Innocent in the House of the Dead, written in collaboration with John Lee Conaway, one of North Carolina’s innocents whom she met while he was on Death Row, and who is now John Lee Scott, her legally adopted son. A Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Joanna is a graduate of Adelaide and Duke Universities and lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


Last Year’s Winners (2016)

First Prize: Ellen Herbert of Falls Church, VA for “Paris in the Dark”

Second Prize: Russ Madison, Jr. of Decatur, GA for “Coin Flight”

Third Prize: James Kingston of Remsenburg, NY for “The City Island Messenger”
Honorable Mentions: Amanda Cartwright of Green Bay, WI for “The Dividing Line”; Chris Beal of Santa Cruz, CA for “Flesh of Enlightenment”; David G. Swanson of Silverton, CO for “Friendship Highway”; Gail A. Kenna of Wicomico Chur, VA for “Long Night’s Journey Into Day”