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2011 Arkansas Literary Festival Offerings Include Argenta Venues and Writing Contests

2011 Arkansas Literary Festival Offerings Include Argenta Venues and Writing Contests

Participants at the 2011 Arkansas Literary Festival will be able to attend programs on both sides of the Arkansas River during this year's Festival, April 7-13. Laman Library has joined the Festival as a sponsor and will host programs in the Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock. Programs will include sessions, panels, and workshops by authors as well as other activities.

Two creative writing projects will be included in this year's Festival. Telling Tales: A Literary Memoir Writing Contest will recognize three top stories and The Thea Foundation will award two creative writing scholarships.

The Thea Foundation will offer two creative writing scholarships to be awarded as part of A Prized Evening, the awarding of the Porter and Worthen Literary Prizes on Friday, April 8, 2011. Arkansas senior high school students are eligible to submit an original short story, based on Thea Leopoulos's artwork. Entries must be registered online, and received online or postmarked by Friday, February 25, 2011. Judging is by five professionals working within the field. Complete submission guidelines are available at

Starving Artist Café hosts "Tales from the South", an internationally-syndicated radio show which will feature Telling Tales: A Literary Memoir Writing Contest. The authors of the top three stories will receive $100 each, and writers will read their winning story at an event on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Stories may be submitted through Sunday, March 13. Judging is by a panel of writers, professors, and editors. Complete submission guidelines are available at More information on "Tales from the South" can be found at

The Festival is a project of the Central Arkansas Library System, and is the premiere gathering of writers and readers in Arkansas. The Festival provides a schedule for children and teens, including hands-on activities, visits from costumed characters, poetry contests, and presentations by authors. Adults also enjoy author presentations, are able to stretch their practical literary skills through workshops, and socialize with the authors at special evening events. Authors with internationally or nationally recognized work are presented alongside authors just completing their first novels. A complete listing of authors will be announced on Tuesday, February 15.

For more information contact Brad Mooy at 918-3098.