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South Carolina Arts Commission and Sandlapper Magazine Partner to Offer S.C. Fiction Project


June 22, 2010

Media Contacts:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698


Misty Moore

(803) 734-8620


COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission and Sandlapper magazine announce the 2011 South Carolina Fiction Project, a writing competition for previously unpublished short stories of 2,500 words or less. Applicants should submit an application form, a brief biography and three copies of the story entry to the Arts Commission by Oct. 1, 2010.  Forms and guidelines are available on the Arts Commission's website.


“This new partnership with Sandlapper magazine will add an exciting dimension to the South Carolina Fiction Project, including increased distribution and visibility throughout the state and beyond,” said Ken May, executive director of the Arts Commission. “The writers who win the competition will benefit from publication in this widely respected magazine that has appealed to South Carolina readers for 40 years.”


Up to eight short stories will be selected for publication; each writer whose work is selected will receive $250 from Sandlapper, which purchases first publication rights. Winning stories will also be published on Sandlapper’s website and the Arts Commission's website 90 days after the print version is distributed.


The contest is open to any South Carolina resident who is at least 18 years old. Stories do not need to be Southern in subject matter, nor do they need to be set in South Carolina. Stories are judged by a professional writer; selection will be based on literary quality and suitability for a general magazine audience.


Entries should be mailed to S.C. Fiction Project, South Carolina Arts Commission, 1800 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201. For more information about the S.C. Fiction Project, contact Sara June Goldstein, director of Literary Arts at the Arts Commission, at (803) 734-8694.


About SCAC:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.


About Sandlapper:

For more than 40 years, Sandlapper magazine has been telling the never-ending story of the state of South Carolina. Published quarterly, Sandlapper covers South Carolina’s people, places, culture and history. Produced by the Sandlapper Society, the magazine is beloved to Palmetto state residents and visitors alike. The Sandlapper Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to promoting the state of South Carolina. For more information, visit www.sandlapper.org or call (803) 779-8763.