Our 2013 literary contest winners have been selected and notified. Finalists have been notified by email. Winners, finalists and semifinalists are listed below. Thank you to all our contest participants. We were awed by the many talented works you submitted.
Thank you to our readers, Bobbi Buchanan, D. Cameron Lawrence and Cecilia Woloch, and to our final judges, Maurice Manning in poetry, Crystal Wilkinson in fiction and Julie Marie Wade in nonfiction.
Winners, finalists and semifinalists will appear in The New Southerner Literary Edition, which will be available online and in print in December.
JAMES BAKER HALL MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY:
WINNER:”The Blacksmith” by Jessica D. Thompson
HONORABLE MENTION: “Ghosts on the Coal River” by Julia Sendor
“Carl Hiaasen Handing His Manuscript to the Postal Clerk” by Mary Anne Reese
“Southern Blues” by Regina Drake
“The Luddite’s Prayer” by Jinn Fuller Renfro
“Haints” by Wally Smith
“Potato Blessing” by Julia Sendor
“See Miner” by Eileen Rush
“Last Night” by Mary Anne Reese
“Thoughts While Feeding Livestock” by Brian Lowry
WINNER: “What My Sister Does Now” by Amanda McRaven
HONORABLE MENTION: “Mirrorwalking” by Tia Jensen
“Hog Slaughtering” by Alan Naslund
“The Heart Chakra of a Tomato” by Sandi Hutcheson
“American Coot” by Jami Powell
WINNER: “Barbie Town” by Cynthia Robinson
HONORABLE MENTION: “Cuban Missile Crisis” by G. C. Compton
“Sorghum” by Mary Popham
“Pull Me a Green Onion” by Shannon Cavanaugh
“Buck Snort” by Shannon Cavanaugh
We will have a celebratory reading at The Bard’s Town in Louisville on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition to the winners, we have invited finalists and semifinalists to read at this event in recognition of their excellent work.