Beloit College Magazine

Beloit College Magazine

Fall/Winter 2014 (November 4, 2014)

Journal to Offer First Fiction Prize

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October 31, 2014

NEWS BFJ cover 1In honor of its 30th anniversary, the Beloit Fiction Journal is announcing a new writing contest with a prize of publication and $2,000. The Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story was created by the BFJ’s editor, Associate Professor and Chair of English Chris Fink, who named it for the Pulitzer Prize-winning realist fiction writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Garland, a Wisconsin native, received an honorary degree from Beloit in 1930.

“I think the contest memorializes Garland, celebrates Wisconsin’s literary heritage, and celebrates the BFJ’s own 30-year contribution to that heritage,” Fink says.

Another Beloiter will be involved in the contest as well. David Rhodes’69, a Wisconsin-based writer, 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and the author of Driftless and other critically acclaimed works of fiction, will judge the submissions.

The Beloit Fiction Journal was founded by former Beloit College English professor Clint McCown, who wanted to establish a journal that published purely fiction to be edited by Beloit undergraduates. Student-editors enroll in a workshop-style course aimed at selecting manuscripts submitted from writers around the world, then produce the literary magazine under Fink’s direction. The journal’s first issue premiered in 1985.

The short story contest postmark deadline is Dec. 1. To learn more about submissions, visit


  • November 10 2014 at 3:45 pm
    Thomas McGonigle

    The prize should have been named for Glenway Wescott... Whose books Goodbye Wisconsin, The Grandmothers and The Pilgrim Hawk.... Are in the very pantheon of world literature... U of Wisconsin Press has been publishing his journal and uncollected stories... Garland like the Beloit Fiction Journal is a provincial exercise in mediocrity... Of course unknown uncelebrated by the college is Beloit's Lorine Niedecker..who forced to leave Beloit because of poverty went on to be one of modernism's greatest poets in the same league with Zukofsky, William Carlos Williams...a great and lasting disappointment has been Beloit's failure to really recognize her

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