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The 2021 Porter Fleming Literary Competition

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AUGUSTA, GA (AUGUST 2020) The 2021 Porter Fleming Literary Competition, now in its twenty-seventh year, recognizes outstanding fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays. Writers age 18 and older who reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are invited to enter. The deadline for submissions is February 10, 2021.

The competition awards cash prizes totaling $7,000. Entry forms and guidelines can be found on The competition is administered by the Morris Museum of Art, with the support of the Porter Fleming Foundation.

“The Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County are honored to have sponsored the literary competition since its founding by Augusta author and artist Berry Fleming,” said Cobbs Nixon, a trustee of the Academy of Richmond County. “Our hope is that this competition will foster more great writers within our city, state, and region.”

“We are, of course, pleased to be associated in this important endeavor with our friends at the Porter Fleming Foundation,” said Kevin Grogan, director of the Morris Museum of Art. “It serves as an extension of our broad interest in Southern cultural studies and is a perfect compliment to the museum¹s work in the visual arts.”

The writing competition is held in memory of Porter Fleming, a prominent citizen of Augusta, Georgia. In 1963, Porter Fleming¹s son, Berry Fleming, who had himself achieved renown as a writer, artist, and philanthropist, established a charitable foundation in honor of his father. To this day, The Porter Fleming Foundation contributes to the educational, literary, artistic, scientific, historical, musical, and cultural enrichment of the lives of the residents of the City of Augusta and the geographical area immediately adjacent to it in Georgia and South Carolina.

Porter Fleming Literary Competition winners receive cash awards, which will be presented in a special literary ceremony in April 2021 at the Morris Museum of Art.

The Porter Fleming Writing Competition Entry Form is available for download on

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum¹s permanent collection of five thousand works of art, dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present, represents every aspect of the region¹s visual culture. The Morris is open to the public from Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.­5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon­5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit or call 706-724-7501.

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