Gurney Norman is a writer and educator from Appalachia. He is the former Poet Laureate of Kentucky and the author of four books of fiction, including the novel Divine Right’s Trip and the forthcoming short story collection Allegiance. Read our interview with Gurney Norman here.

Stories will be judged by Andrew Milward, author of the story collections The Agriculture Hall of Fame, which was awarded the Juniper Prize for Fiction by the University of Massachusetts, and I Was a Revolutionary, which was awarded the Friends of American Writers Literature Award.