Mississippi School of the Arts congratulates two students for receiving awards in the William Faulkner Literary Competition. Joshua Clark, a class of 2024 Media Arts film student, received 2nd place for a short story “Mr. Black.” Ava Lambert, a class of 2024 Literary Arts writing student, received 3rd place for a short story “A Journal in My Attic.” The winners were announced during last week’s awards luncheon at the First Methodist Church in New Albany, MS.

“William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897, on Jefferson Street in New Albany, Mississippi. Some of his notable awards were the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature, the 1955 and 1963 Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction and the 1951 and 1955 National Book Awards. Recognizing the significance of being the birthplace of one of the most celebrated writers in American Literature generally and Southern Literature specifically, we are proud to provide the William Faulkner Literary contest for aspiring writers.

Thanks to the generous donation of former Union County resident Eric Saul, now living in Tennessee, our contest includes the categories of Novel, One Act Play, Poetry, Adult Short Story, and Student Short Story. The inclusion of New Albany on the Southern Literary Trail, thanks to William Faulkner and Borden Deal, shows that there is a growing awareness of the literary history and potential of this area.”

See more about this competition at https://williamfaulknerliterarycompetition.com