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SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV -

West Virginia-born author Homer Hickam is set to judge the West Virginia Fiction Competition sponsored by the West Virginia Center for the Book and the Shepherd University Foundation.

Entries are being accepted until May 1 for the competition, open to any state resident or student attending a school in West Virginia. A panel of writers, editors and creative writing instructors will choose finalists, and then Hickam — Shepherd University 2014 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence — will select first, second and third place prizewinners.