Clara Cox Epperson Prose Writing Competition

Questions about the contest may be directed to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Derryberry Hall 433 (931)-372-3047

Two Categories:

  • Short Story
    • First Prize: $100 *
    • Second Prize: $50 *
  • Narrative Essay
    • First Prize: $100 *
    • Second Prize: $50


  • Open to all full- or part-time TTU students.
  • One entry per person, one category only.
  • Maximum length, 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font).
  • All entries anonymous: Attach separate 3 X 5 card with name,
  • Title of story or essay, T number, email address, and phone #.
  • Entries will not be returned. Also, unless otherwise directed by the author, judges will submit all enties for possible inclusion in TTU's student literary magazine Homespun.


March 19, 2014
Winners to be announced Late March

Submit to:

Michael O’Rourke, Contest Supervisor
Dept of English, Box 5053, TTU (No Electronic Submissions)

* Credited to the student’s account. Check ordinarily to follow

Winners for 2013

Fiction Category

Justin Carnes
First Place
Short Story Category
for "The Pusher's Code"

Kim Hinkson
Second Place
Short Story Category
for "Motel 100"

Robert Novick
Honerable Mention
Short Story Category
for "Cutting Onions During Retrograde"

Jennifer Kelley
Honorable Mention
Short Story Category
for "Choices"

Essay Category


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