The L.D. Clark and LaVerne Harrell Clark Literary Endowment provides a quiet and comfortable writers’ retreat in Smithville, 55 miles east of the Texas State University campus.
Currently, writers-in-residence are chosen from among students in Texas State’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing. The endowment’s proceeds will also be used to award the annual L.D. and Laverne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize, which will be among the most prestigious fiction prizes in the country. Award winners will receive their honor and give a public reading at Texas State and will also visit the Clark House in Smithville. The inaugural prize will be awarded in February 2017.