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Established in 1984, the Porter Fund Literary Prize is a non-profit organization supporting Arkansas writers and poets.
The Porter Prize was founded in honor of Dr. Ben Kimpel.


2017 Porter Prize Winner Announced

Padma Viswanathan Fiction

The Porter Fund offers an annual $4,000 scholarship to a student in the University of Central Arkansas MFA Creative Writing Program

2014 - 2018 scholarship winners

Heather Breed Steadham  2014-2017  
Rachel Hoge 2017-2018


Watch a documentary produced for the 25th Anniversary of the Porter Prize

Watch the 25th Anniversary of the Porter Prize Gala Video


All contributions are tax-deductible and can be made by contacting Phillip McMath at (501) 396-5416.

Co-founders of the Porter Fund are Jack Butler and Phillip McMath.



The Porter Fund Board of Directors:

Jack Butler
Phillip McMath
Jo McDougall
Hope Coulter
Hon. Morris Arnold
Grif Stockley
Werner Trieschmann


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