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UIS graduate wins top honors in international writing competition

February 9, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Carol Manley, a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield, has received first-place, third-place, and honorable mention in the 72nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Her awards were in the mainstream/literary short fiction category.

Manley will read excerpts from her prize-winning story, “Church Booty,” as well as selections from her other works, at a reception in her honor to be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 12, in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant on the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Writer’s Digest competition drew 18,000 entries in 10 categories from around the world. First and final round judges for fiction were Ian Morris, editor of the national literary magazine Triquarterly, and Adrienne Brodeur, co-founder with Francis Ford Coppola of Zoetrope: All-Story, a quarterly literary publication that explores the intersection of story and art, fiction and film. The judges especially praised Manley’s story for its “perfect” dialect and characters who “become familiar to the reader over the course of the story.”

Manley earned the master’s degree in English from UIS in December 2003. In 1995 she was the Friends of Lincoln Library Writer of the Year for poetry. She has published stories, poems, and essays in such literary magazines as Blue Unicorn, Mystery Time, and Downstate Story and has been a Fellow at the Ragdale Foundation artists’ retreat.

“Church Booty” appears in the current issue of Writer’s Digest Guide: The Year’s Best Writing.

For more information, contact the UIS English program at 206-6779.

 

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