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Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill has given editorial director Shannon Ravenel her own imprint.  Ravenel was cofounder with Louis D. Rubin, Jr. of Algonquin, which was acquired by Workman in1989.  For the past fifteen years, Ravenel has edited the Best New Stories from the South anthologies, which she will continue to edit.  The inaugural Shannon Ravenel Books will include new works from Suzanne Berne, Larry Brown, Tony Earley, and Tim Junkin. [source: Publisher's Weekly, September 4, 2000]

The Florida Artists Hall of Fame 2000 inductees include: children's book author and illustrator E.L. Konigsburg; songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett; and poet, songwriter and author James Weldon Johnson. The Florida Artists Hall of Fame is a Florida Arts Council program.

The Southern Regional Council and the independent Lillian Smith Book Awards panel have selected the winners of the 2000 Lillian Smith Book Award:

Winners will receive the awards at a luncheon in Atlanta on Friday, November 17, 2000 held at the Sheraton Colony Square Hotel.  The program is part of the Lillian Smith Symposium & Awards.

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct five authors on October 15th at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines. Writer and musician Bland Simpson will preside over the ceremony and poet Shelby Stephenson will offer a tribute to honor the centennial of Thomas Wolfe's birth.

The inductees include: poet A. R. Ammons; poet Helen Bevington; historian and fiction writer Burke Davis; poet and fiction writer Olive Tilford Dargan; and journalist and fiction writer Robert Ruark.  The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame is a program of the North Carolina Writers' Network. FMI, call: (919) 967-9540.

The Third Annual Robert Penn Warren Lecture on Southern Letters and dinner has been postponed till Spring 2001 due to the illness of keynote speaker author William Styron.  The event sponsored by The Tennessee Humanities Council and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, was to be held as part of the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville this month.  For more information: The Tennessee Humanities Council.

Call for Papers

A Reconsideration of the Works of Caroline Gordon (deadline: Nov. 18, 2000)
Collection of Essays of Theoretical Approaches of Southern Literature (deadline: Jan. 1, 2001)


The Gulf Coast Arts & Entertainment Review Short Story Contest (deadline: October 15, 2000)
The Writer's Digest Short Story Competition (deadline: December 1, 2000)
National Ten-Minute Play Contest (deadline: December 1, 2000)
Southern Playwrights Competition (deadline: February 15, 2001)
O, Georgia! and O' Georgia Too! Writing Competitions (deadline: March 15, 2001)
Tennessee Mountain Writers Writing Contest (deadline: March 11, 2001)
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (deadline: May 31, 2001)

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