Veterans of or current service members in any branch of the United States military currently living in South Dakota are invited to compete for the 2017 Veterans Writing Prize. The contest winner will be announced at the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood September 23.
Finalists will have the option to publish their work on the South Dakota Humanities Council website. Three finalists will be invited to the South Dakota Festival of Books for a reading at an event with Pulitzer Prize winner and contest judge, Robert Olen Butler, who will announce the winner at the event.
The inaugural Veterans Writing Prize in 2016 received 32 submissions from around South Dakota. Of the 32 submissions, writers represented 17 communities, several branches of the military, and service periods ranging from the 1940s to current active duty.
For more information on requirements and submission information, visit the writing prize page here.