Record Number of Entries for Writers’ Festival Contest

Monday, December 19, 2011

Agnes Scott College’s Annual Writers’ Festival, the oldest continuous literary event in Georgia, received a record number of applicants for its state-wide literary contest this year.

Each year, student writers from Georgia colleges and universities submit their fiction, poetry, personal essays and one-act plays to the Writers’ Festival contest. The college received 523 entries this year from about 150 students and also received entries from students representing a record number of colleges (21), said Rachel Trousdale, associate professor of English at Agnes Scott who oversees entries for the competition.

“Word of mouth has been great and the contest has seen a steady expansion,” Trousdale said. “I think the word is definitely getting out.”

Submission of plays saw the biggest increase this year, Trousdale added, which was surprising.

“Plays take a certain amount of seriousness and buy in. Writing a play requires a lot of technical knowledge and a lot of time,” Trousdale said.

Agnes Scott publishes the finalists’ works in the festival magazine, and the visiting writers award prizes for the best work in each category. All finalists attend a workshop with one of the visiting writers.

The visiting writers for the upcoming Writers’ Fest this March are Benjamin Percy, Joy Harjo and Jacqueline Pardue Goldfinger, an alumna of Agnes Scott. Percy is an acclaimed novelist and short story author; Harjo is a celebrated Native-American poet; and Pardue Goldfinger is an award-winning playwright.

Held annually since 1972, Agnes Scott’s Writers’ Festival brings nationally acclaimed writers to campus in an atmosphere of community with student writers from the colleges and universities of Georgia. While on campus, distinguished guests give public readings, award prizes in the festival’s statewide literary competition and conduct workshops for finalists in the competition.

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Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.