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Oct. 31 Deadline Nears for 2014 Tucson Fest of Books Literary Awards

The deadline for submitting fiction, nonfiction and poetry entries in the second annual Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards is 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

Tucson Literary AwardsFirst-place winners in each category will receive $1,000, second-place winners $500 and third-place winners $250. All winners will earn scholarships to the Festival’s Masters Workshop on the University of Arizona campus March 17-18, following the Festival of Books event the prior weekend. The top 50 entrants are invited to the Masters Workshop.

Faculty for the workshop is drawn from presenters at the March 15-16 Festival of Books. Three of those faculty members have been set:

  • Rae Armantrout, author of 10 books of poetry including “Just Saying.” She was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book “Versed.”
  • Kevin Canty, author of five novels and three short story collections. His latest novel, “Everything,” won the Montana Book Award. His work has appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Esquire and The New York Times.
  • Peter Turchi, author of five books, including “Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer,” and co-editor of three anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Masters Workshop sessions will again include craft talks, small-group manuscript workshops, readings and a panel.

For more information on the competition and workshop or to submit an entry, go to


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