SEMO invites first-time novelists to compete

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (AP) - Southeast Missouri State University Press wants first-time novelists to compete for a chance to be published.

Wedel Nilsen of Cape Girardeau has made a gift to the Cape Girardeau school's foundation as a tribute to his late wife, Dorothy. The money will be used to start the Wedel and Dorothy Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel.

The national competition will be open to U.S. residents with a completed manuscript in English who haven't yet published a full-length fiction novel or novella.

The school says in a news release that the deadline for submissions is Nov. 1.

The winner will receive $1,000 along with publication and distribution of their novel by the University Press.

Nilsen says he hopes to read the work of the finalists in the novel competition.

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