Marla Cantrell Wins Prestigious Award Writing About Arkansas

River Valley Writer Awarded 2014 Arkansas Arts Council Artist Fellowship

ALMA, Ark.The Arkansas Arts Council named Alma resident and Do South Magazine Managing Editor, Marla Cantrell, a 2014 Individual Artist Fellow for her work in short fiction.  Marla grew up in the River Valley and writes about Arkansas’ people, heritage and culture.  Cantrell is the only writer from the River Valley to be selected this year for the prestigious award.

The Artist Fellowship is Cantrell’s second recognition of 2014.  Earlier this year, Cantrell, a member of the Borderliners Writers’ Group in Fort Smith, won first place in the White County Writers Contest at the 2014 Arkansas Writers’ Conference.  Aside from her publications in Do South Magazine, Cantrell has also been published in Show Off Anthology, Deep South Magazine, Long Story Short, Word Haus, and the Center for Writing Excellent, 3rd Annual Fiction Anthology.

The Arkansas Arts Council announced the 2014 Individual Artist Fellowships Tuesday.  Fellowships are awarded annually to artists in Arkansas in recognition of their individual artistic abilities.  These fellowships enable artists to set aside time for creating their art and improving their skills. Three artistic disciplines are selected each year as categories for the awards.  The three categories for this year are Literary Arts: Short Story Writing; Performing Arts: Directing of Theater Productions; and Visual Arts: Works on Paper.

Cantrell and the other fellows will be recognized at a reception, co-sponsored by Historic Arkansas Museum, on Friday, October 3, from 6-8 p.m. at the museum on 200 E. Third St. in Little Rock. The reception is free and open to the public. Seating is limited; reservations are required. For reservations, call (501) 324-9766. Cantrell’s work can be read at and  You can follow Cantrell on Twitter at @WritinginARK.

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