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Submissions accepted for Capote Creative Writing Scholarship in Poetry

BOONE—Submissions are being accepted for the 2008-09 Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship in Poetry at Appalachian State University.

The competition is open to rising or continuing juniors and seniors planning to major in English with a concentration in creative writing. Each year the competition alternates between poetry and prose.

A $2,450 scholarship will be awarded this year thanks to a contribution from Truman Capote Literary Trust which has raised the scholarship endowment fund to $75,000.

The deadline for submissions is March 26 at 4 p.m. Entries may be turned in to the Department of English in Sanford Mall beginning Monday, March 19.

For more information about the competition, contact Susan Weinberg at 262-2871 or

Applicants must submit a file folder or envelope with three copies each of four poems. Submissions also must be single spaced, stapled and with page numbers. Students entering the competition must include their name, campus address and telephone number on the first page of each poem that is submitted.

The competition will be judged by poet Rick Campbell, whose most recent full-length book of poems is “The Traveler’s Companion.” His first full-length book, “Setting The World In Order,” won the Walt McDonald Prize.

Campbell’s poems and essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, The Tampa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Puerto Del Sol, Prairie Schooner and other journals.

Campbell has won an NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and two fellowships from the Florida Arts Council. He is the director of Anhinga Press and the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. He teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla.