Annie Proulx to Be Honored at Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival

Short Story Contest Deadline is Aug. 11

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival, which this year will honor Annie Proulx, author of “Postcards,” “The Shipping News” and the short story “Brokeback Mountain,” invites writers to submit entries for the festival’s short story contest.

Entries for the 21st Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest must be postmarked by Friday, Aug. 11. Stories must be fewer than 4,000 words and unpublished.

Residents of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are eligible to enter. There is no restriction on subject matter.

First prize is $500 plus an invitation to speak briefly about the story at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Richard Montgomery High School. Two runner-up prizes of $100 each will be awarded at the festival.

Annie Proulx photo.
Annie Proulx.

A festival highlight will be the presentation, to Proulx, of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. The award has been presented to some of America’s most distinguished writers, including Norman Mailer, Pat Conroy, John Updike, Joyce Carol Oates and Garrison Keillor.

The festival’s activities include writing workshops designed for emerging and established fiction and nonfiction writers, a conversation between Proulx and “Washington Post” book critic Michael Dirda, and a film screening of “Brokeback Mountain,” which is based on a short story by Proulx, who will answer questions after the screening. The festival is for writers and book lovers who are not themselves writers.

Festival sponsors include the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc.; the City of Rockville; and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Learn more about the contest and festival at or by calling 301-309-9461.