Barely South Review: The Norton Girault Literary Prize

Barely South Review, the literary magazine of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, announces the inaugural 2012 competition for the Norton Girault Literary Prize.  The annual Prize will alternate among Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction.  This year’s competition is for FICTION.

One prize will go to a single short story of up to 25 pages (double-spaced, 1″ margins).  The winning story will receive $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review.  One Honorable Mention will also be selected for publication.

The final judge is Cristina Garcia.

Entry Fee:  $25 for each submission.  Checks should be made out to OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY.  An official entry form must accompany each submission.

Postmark Deadline:  Mar. 9, 2012

Submissions may also be sent electronically through Submittable (the new name for Submishmash).

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Adrian Goldsworthy’s CAESAR: LIFE OF A COLOSSUS, p. 467

The ancient Romans were different from you and me.

This passage describes the death of one of Caesar’s most implacable enemies, Cato:

NOTE to dear blog readers:  This death is extremely graphic!  Best to read on an empty stomach.

(Cato) complained when he noticed that his son and servants had removed his sword, and insisted that they return it, but then went back to his reading.  His choice of work was significant, Plato’s Phaedo, a discussion of the immortality of the soul, but throughout his life he had pursued the study of philosophy.  Finally, without warning, he stopped reading, took up his sword and stabbed himself in the stomach.  The wound was bad, but not immediately mortal, and once they heard the commotion his son and slaves rushed to him.  A doctor was brought and Cato’s wound cleaned and bound up.  However, he had never lacked determination or courage, and once they had gone the forty-eight-year-old tore open the stitches and began tearing out his own entrails.  He was dead before they could restrain him.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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