A new national literary prize, to be designed, awarded, and published by students enrolled in Augsburg’s new MFA in Creative Writing, will be soliciting submissions this fall for its first title.
The competition, which seeks authors of innovative poetry and prose (both fiction and non-fiction), includes a cash award, plus publication of the winning book by Augsburg’s new literary press (yet to be named), run through the program’s publishing concentration.
The MFA publishing sequence will feature a two-semester arc of courses designed to introduce students to various aspects of the trade, including acquisition, editing, graphic design, production, marketing, and distribution. It is a concentration open to students in all genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, and playwriting. Other career concentrations available in the Augsburg MFA Program are teaching and translation.
John Gaterud, editor of Blueroad Press, will serve as publishing mentor for the program. In addition to launching several publications during his career, Gaterud taught journalism and graphic design at Minnesota State University, Mankato, for more than 20 years. He now publishes books.
Details about the Augsburg publishing prize will be posted this fall.