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Two FMU English professors win writing awards

FLORENCE – Two Francis Marion University English professors have been selected as winners of the South Carolina Fiction Project 2000 writing contest.

David Burt and Phillip Gardner are two of only 12 winners chosen from more than 150 entries. Each will receive $500 and have his story published in The (Charleston) Post and Courier, which sponsors the project with the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Both Burt and Gardner are previous S.C. Fiction Project contest winners.

Burt, of Florence, has taught at FMU since 1971. He won for his story, “Helmets and Heraclitus.”

Gardner, of Darlington, began teaching at Francis Marion in 1980 and currently serves as director of the FMU Writing Center. He won for his story, “Wrecker,” which will appear in “Someone to Crawl Back To,” a novel-in-stories due out later this year.

The 12 winning stories will be published on a monthly basis in The Post and Courier and posted on the newspaper’s web site at

The entries were judged by Patricia Browning Griffith, an adjunct associate professor at George Washington University, where she teaches creative writing; Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, a novelist, short-story writer and journalist; and Christine W. Randall, assistant features editor at The Post and Courier and coordinator of the S.C. Fiction Project contest since 1994.

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Last Published: June 3, 2004 11:52 AM
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