McSweeney’s and the Rough South

Appalachia Now, in the news:

Incidentally, here is the list of contributors:

Appalachia Now: Short Stories of Contemporary Appalachia (Appalachian Fiction Series) Paperback – June 11, 2015
by Charles Dodd White (Editor), Larry Smith (Editor), Chris Offutt (Contributor), Chris Holbrook (Contributor), Marie Manilla (Contributor), Meredith Sue Willis (Contributor), Darnell Arnoult (Contributor), Mark Powell (Contributor), Rusty Barnes (Contributor), Savannah Sipple (Contributor), Mesha Maren (Contributor), Jon Sealy (Contributor), Jacinda Townsend (Contributor), Taylor Brown (Contributor), Carrie Mullins (Contributor), David Joy (Contributor), Matt Brock (Contributor)

2015 Chaffin Award

Some good news to share:

Knoxville, TN, September 10 – Dr. Charles Dodd White, an assistant professor in Pellissippi State’s Department of English, has received the prestigious Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award given by Morehead State University in Kentucky.

The award, which includes a prize of $1,000, recognizes outstanding Appalachian writers in all genres. The first award was presented in 1996 to poet and novelist James Still and the list of winners since includes Ron Rash, Denise Giardina, Silas House, Crystal Wilkinson, Anne Pancake, and Donald Ray Pollock.

He is author of the novels, A Shelter of Others (2014), Lambs of Men (2010), and the story collection, Sinners of Sanction County (2011). He is also editor of the contemporary Appalachian story anthologies, Degrees of Elevation (2010) and Appalachia Now (2015).  Previously, he has been awarded the Jean Ritchie Fellowship from Lincoln Memorial University and an individual artist’s grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.

New Appalachian Anthology Call for Submissions

Appalachia Now: Contemporary Fiction

Bottom Dog Press is issuing a call for submissions for this forthcoming anthology of contemporary Appalachian short stories. The stories included will be sharp, vivid evocations of a place, its people and culture. We aren’t seeking sentimental treatments, but strong human stories. Both Northern and Southern treatments of the Appalachian theme are encouraged. Style is open, as long as it serves the story and the audience.

Editors: Larry Smith and Charles Dodd Whitebot_dog_redux_flat-1 (2)

This book will be published as part of Bottom Dog Press’s Appalachian Fiction Series and is considered a follow-up to the best selling Degrees of Elevation anthology published by Bottom Dog Press in 2010.



Length: between 3,000 and 6,000 words.

Submissions are open now. The reading will be ongoing.

Deadline: March 15, 2015.

Email submissions only. Send attached .doc file to: and make sure the word “Submission” is somewhere in the subject line.

Payment: $50 and two copies

Reprints are acceptable in some cases. Please let us know where it’s been published and if the publication was print or online.

Simultaneous submissions are okay as long as we are notified immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

No multiple submissions, please. Pick your best story and send it forward.


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Hindman Settlement School

The Hindman Settlement School made the lineup for its summer writing retreat available today. I’m happy to say I’ll be teaching a master class in the short story. Consider coming up to Eastern Kentucky this summer for a unique and motivating writing experience. Read more about the school and its storied history here.