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William Coles Launches Competition for Literary Fiction Illustrators


Salt Lake City, UT -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/30/2014 -- William Coles, a retired academic ophthalmic surgeon, has spent the past two decades writing literary stories and lecturing about literary fiction. He has also created the “Story in Literary Fiction” website ( ) as an educational resource for writers.

Coles, who resides in Salt Lake City, hires artists to illustrate all his fiction and recently launched the Rockwell/Wyeth/Homer Competition for Fiction Illustrators, a contest for artists of all ages.

He is seeking illustrations for his original story, “Facing Grace with Gloria,” which can be viewed on the “Story in Literary Fiction” website at . He is the author of thirty-four short stories, four novels, three books and thirty-four essays on writing fictional literary stories.

Illustrations must be submitted on-line at . There is no entry fee and the first-place prize is $500. The first runner-up will be awarded $200 and the second runner-up receives $100.

“Artists who are interested in entering the competition should read this piece of literary fiction for content and meaning,” explained Coles. “In creating an illustration, they will want to seek the significance of the story and the source of pleasure for readers as well as the theme and meaning.”

Samples of story illustrations can be seen at and

The deadline for submissions July 12 at midnight.  Entries will be judged by South African artist Paul Stopforth, a former Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University and currently a full-time visiting faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Winners will be announced on the “Story in Literary Fiction” website on Aug. 1 and the winning entry will be permanently displayed in the site’s art gallery.

“This competition was created to enhance interest and to stimulate artistic creation based on literary themes,” Coles said. “It’s a great opportunity for an artist to promote his or her work since the first-place illustration entry may be viewed by hundreds of thousands as we advertise and publicize the story.”

For additional information, visit or the contest’s Facebook page

Coles can be contacted directly at

About William H. Coles
William H. Coles, MD, MS, has studied fiction in workshops with Jim Shepard, Lee Martin, Peter Ho Davies, Clark Blaise, Nancy Zafris, Elizabeth McCracken, Susan Straight, Karl Iagnemma, Bret Lott, Bharati Mukherjee, Tom Barbash, Lynn Freed, Richard Bausch, Jill McCorkle, John Casey, Margo Livesey, Tony Early, Michael Ray, Tamara Straus, Jill McCorkle, Carol Edgarian, Charles Baxter, Charles D'Ambrosio, Tom Franklin, Rosemary Daniell; studied in semester academic courses with John Biguenet, Noel Polk, David Bottoms; worked with mentors Tom Jenks, Dianne Benedict, Anne Wood, Ben George, Holly MacArthur, and Otonne Ricci; and attended conferences with James Dickey, Michael Cunningham, Jane Smiley, Robert Olen Butler, Joyce Carol Oates, Michael Palmer, Tess Gerritsen, and others. He created the website with resources for writers that has over two million page views a year.

Contact: Story in Literary Fiction
Company: William H. Coles
City: Salt Lake City
State: UT
Zip Code: 84108
Country: USA
Phone: +1-888-630-3064