F222. Celebrating The Saturday Evening Post and The Great American Fiction Contest

AWP Bookfair Stage, Exhibit Halls D & E, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


The Saturday Evening Post has published some of the biggest names in American letters—Cheever, Fitzgerald, Malamud, McCullers, Vonnegut—fostering short fiction and helping to shape the way the country imagined itself. In 2012, in an effort to revitalize and diversify this tradition, the magazine debuted The Great American Fiction Contest. This panel features readings and discussion by contest winners and judges and by established authors whose work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post.



Michael Knight is the author of two novels, Divining Rod and The Typist; two collections of short stories, Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody; and a book of novellas, The Holiday Season. He teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of six novels, most recently A Thin Bright Line. Her fiction has won a Yaddo fellowship, the Saturday Evening Post Fiction Prize, the Arts & Letters Prize, a California Arts Council Award, an ALA Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Writer Fellowships.

Skip Horack is the author of the novels The Eden Hunter and The Other Joseph, as well as the story collection The Southern Cross. His work has appeared in Oxford American, The Southern Review, The Saturday Evening Post, and elsewhere. He is currently an assistant professor at Florida State.

Celeste McMaster is the 2016 winner of The Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Fiction Contest. She has published fiction and poetry in Short Story, the Dos Passos Review, New Delta Review, and Arkansas Review, among other places. She is an associate professor of English at Charleston Southern University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center