Entries are now closed for the 2018 LAURA Short Fiction Contest

Entries for the Laura Short Fiction Contest
Are now CLOSED

Finalists will be announced this summer.

For more information, contact LAURA chair Cindy Sandell at

2018 LAURA Short Fiction Contest
Judge Janet Harris, Ph.D.

Janet Harris PhDJanet Harris, Ph.D., has been teaching, editing, and mentoring writers for over twenty-five years. Currently she teaches graduate creative writing courses in the Master of Liberal Studies program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas focusing on short stories, novels, memoirs, and flash fiction. In previous positions, she worked for royalty, independent, and academic publishers as acquisitions, managing, and executive editor and has edited over 150 published books. A native Texan, she has taught graduate courses in Texas, Southwest, and American West literature. Her courses on special topics for customized audiences include Hillerman’s “Navajo Mysteries,” “Law and Disorder: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday,” Cather’s O Pioneers, “Reading the West,” Kelton’s Good Old Boys, McMurtry’s Horseman, Pass By and Hud, and Stegner’s Angle of Repose. At the University of Texas at Dallas, she guided the development of the Craft of Writing Conference and supervised the manuscript contest for fifteen years resulting in the selection of one entry as an Oprah selection later made into the movie Where the Heart Is. The motto on her professional resume is “Helping Others Succeed.”

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