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Entries invited for Third Coast Fiction Award

June 13, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Third Coast, the literary magazine of Western Michigan University, invites manuscripts for its 2004 fiction award, with a first prize of $1,000 and publication of the winning entry in the Fall 2004 issue of the magazine.

Four finalists will be selected and will receive notation in the prize-winning issue. They will also receive a three-year subscription to Third Coast. The first-prize entry from among the finalists will be judged by Stuart Dybek, award-winning author and WMU professor of English.

Any previously unpublished short story of 9,000 words or fewer is eligible. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, however, if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, it must be withdrawn from the Third Coast contest immediately. Submissions will not be returned and application fees are nonrefundable.

The 2004 Third Coast Fiction Award is open to all writers not associated with Dybek or Third Coast. All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, and be accompanied by a cover letter. The author's name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself.

All entries must be postmarked by no later than Nov. 15, 2003, and include a fee of $15 per manuscript, check payable to Third Coast.

Each $15 fee paid entitles the entrant to a one-year subscription to Third Coast (two issues), an extension of a current subscription, or a gift subscription. Entrants should indicate their choice and enclose complete addresses for subscriptions.

Send entries to: Third Coast Fiction Contest, Department of English, Western Michigan University, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331.

For more information, visit Third Coast on the Web at <www.wmich.edu/thirdcoast>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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