H.E. Francis Contest Rules

This Year's Competition Guidelines:

Sponsored by: The Ruth Hindman Foundation and the UAH English Department

Judged by: A panel of nationally recognized, award-winning authors, directors of creative writing programs, and editors of literary journals.

Award: $2000 prize

Limitations: Manuscripts must be unpublished and may not exceed 5000 words in length. Multiple submissions are acceptable so long as we are notified immediately in the event that a manuscript is selected by another competition or publication.

Deadline: December 31st of this year (postmark)

Tax-deductible Entry Fee: Check or money order for $20.00 for each submission, made out to the Ruth Hindman Foundation, a philanthropic institution which awards scholarships nationwide to undergraduate and graduate students.

Format: All manuscripts must be free of any means of author identification. A cover sheet must accompany each submission. This cover sheet must indicate the title of the story, the author's name and address, and the approximate word count.

Submission of entries:

  • ENTER online at H.E. Francis Competition's website here.
  • Mail submissions to Department of English, Morton Hall 222, H.E. Francis Contest, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899.

A submission is complete when it includes all of the following:

Entry fee

Cover sheet

Three copies of the manuscript

If desired, SASE for announcement of winner

Announcement of Winner: March of the following year