Calling All Writers!

Do you know who Elizabeth Bishop was? She was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet born in Worcester on February 8, 1911.

Whether you know who she is or not, you might be interested in the writing competition named in her honor.

The Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia is sponsoring a writing competition asking for submissions of one-time, short prose writing. Inspired by her story “In the Village,” – about the earliest years of her life as a young lass in Nova Scotia – this competition asks participants to write about “their own sense of place and identity, to tap experience, memory and imagination,the sources of art.”

According to the contest rules, “entries can be autobiographical or fictional, prose stories or prose poems. The idea is for each writer to explore or describe feelings, things, people or events about home and family, place and time that have affected your life and connect you to the world.”

The deadline is 15 March 2011. For all the details, visit the EBSNS website: – on the website you will find an electronic brochure, competition guidelines and entry form. You can also able listen to a reading of Bishop’s wonderful story “In the Village,” read by Halifax storyteller Claire Miller, the inspiration for the competition.

Learn more about Elizabeth Bishop and the contest here: