Press Release Sample - Paris Literary Prize
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RELEASE DATE: April 11, 2013
CONTACT: Chris Reinolds Kozelle, 706-236-1716
Berry Graduate a Finalist for Paris Literary Prize
Brenna Conley has been named one of seven short-list finalists for the prestigious Paris Literary
Prize for her novella, “Protection.” The winner of this international prize will receive 10,000
euros ($13,093) and an all-expenses paid trip to Paris to read from the winning piece. The prize
ceremony will take place on June 16, 2013.
Conley, who graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in English from Berry College in May 2012,
wrote her novella “Protection” as her Honors thesis. She received guidance from creative writing
professors Michael Mejia, previous assistant professor, Sandra Meek, Dana professor, and
Abigail Greenbaum, visiting assistant professor.
The novella was submitted for the Paris Literary Prize by Brian Carroll, director of the Honors
“I really believed in the quality of her work, which is an inventive, even provocative updating of
Greek myth,” Carroll said. “When I saw the Paris Literary Prize call, I immediately thought of
Brenna’s novella and felt she had a chance.”
The novella, “Protection,” is retelling of the Greek mythology about Persephone.
The Paris Literary Prize was established in 2010 by Shakespeare and Company and the de Groot
Foundation and is an international fiction competition for unpublished writers. Conley was
named one of 26 long-list finalists in mid-March and one of seven short-list finalists this month.
“Even if she doesn’t win, the recognition gained from being a finalist can catapult a young
writer’s career,” Carroll said.
Two runner-up awards of 2,000 euros each will be announced in addition to the Paris Literary
Prize. All three award winners will be invited to Paris, where they will attend the prize ceremony
and read their work at Shakespeare and Company.
Written by Student Public Relations Supervisor Alyssa Hollingsworth
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