A prize of $10,000 will be awarded for a novel of at least 50,000 words published during 2020. Self-published books will not be accepted. The winner will be notified in the fall of 2021 and invited to attend the Willie Morris Award ceremony in Oxford, Mississippi, with travel expenses paid for the occasion. There is no entry fee.
In addition to being published during 2020, fiction is judged according to these criteria:
- Compels readers to engage with or reflect on the complexities of the American South
- Stands out for quality of prose, originality, sense of place and period, and appeal of characters
- Ultimately optimistic without being trite or simplistic
- Author is an under-recognized, original voice in Southern fiction
Fiction submissions will be accepted between January 4 and April 30, 2021.
STEP 1 | Registration
STEP 2 | Send us your entry
Mail a hard copy of your entry here:
The University of Mississippi Department of Writing & Rhetoric
P.O. Box 1848
B-10 Lamar Hall
University, MS 38677-1848
Current University of Mississippi students and employees are not eligible for this award.