Rock River Foundation and the Mississippi Writers Guild for the DELTA YOUTH Writing
Washington, DeSoto, Humphreys, Carroll, Issaquena, Panola, Quitman, Bolivar, Coahoma,
Leflore, Sunflower, Sharkey, Tunica, Tallahatchie, Holmes, Yazoo and Warren Counties)
and the winner will be invited to read the winning piece on March 27th, 2010 at Ground Zero
in Clarksdale, Mississippi, at an event celebrating the release of the short story collection,
Delta Blues, edited by Carolyn Haines and published by Tyrus Books.
The Mississippi Writers Guild will award free registration to the Guild’s 2010 conference for
the top winners and his/her adult guardians/chaperones. Additionally, the Guild is awarding
a $1,000 scholarship to one Delta senior entrant seeking a degree in the field of literary arts.
Delta Blues (Tyrus Books, May 2010) features short stories from John Grisham, Charlaine
Harris, James Lee Burke, Ace Atkins, David Sheffield, and others with a foreword by
Morgan Freeman. Tyrus Books will donate $1 from the sale of every copy of Delta Blues to
the Rock River Foundation. For more information, visit www.deltabluescollection.com.
Tyrus Books, a publisher of crime and literary fiction, launched in July of 2009 by Benjamin
LeRoy and Alison Janssen, formerly of Bleak House Books. Tyrus Books is headquartered
in Madison, Wisconsin. The Rock River Foundation, established circa 1990 by Morgan
Freeman, has a stated goal of improving education in Mississippi.
This DELTA BLUES YOUTH Writing Contest was officially announced on September 8,
2009—International Literacy Day as declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
1st Place Winner Donald Brown
Everett Bexley, Sky Lynn Irby, Rachel Brooks
|FIRST MWG COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD