Announcing the 2014 Literary Contest Winners …

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Our 2014 literary contest winners have been selected and notified. Finalists have been notified by email. Winners, finalists and semifinalists are listed below. Many thanks to all our contest participants. It was a tough competition in all three categories, and we were stunned by the poems, essays, and stories we received.Thank you to our readers, Bobbi Buchanan, Cecilia Woloch, Christopher Martin, D. Cameron Lawrence, and Michael Jackman, and to our final judges, Charles Dodd White in fiction, Dianne Aprile in nonfiction, and Steven R. Cope in poetry. Winners, finalists, and semifinalists will appear in The New Southerner Literary Edition, which will be available online and in print in December.

FICTION PRIZE
WINNER: “Bald Man” by Marietta Ball
HONORABLE MENTION“Mickey Make-Out” by Mary Popham
FINALISTS:
“Speaking Opossum” by Nathan Gower
Hosanna, a History” by S. Lorraine Norwood
Preacher Man” by Rebecca Elswick

NONFICTION PRIZE
WINNER: “The Stone Child” by Pamela Reese
HONORABLE MENTION: “When Mountains Were Mountains” by Karyl Anne Geary
FINALISTS:
“Empty” by Tia Jensen
“Punch Drunk” by Erin Fitzgerald
“When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble” by Kimberly Crum

JAMES BAKER HALL MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY
WINNER:”From a Southern Writer” by Amy Tudor
HONORABLE MENTION: “Bruised Lanterns” by Ann V. DeVilbiss
FINALISTS:
“stevie fell out” by Ron Whitehead
“Land for Sale” by Gustavo Pérez Firmat
“Triptych, Ending in Antietam” by Amy Tudor

SEMIFINALISTS:
“Letter to the Unborn” by Jonathan Glenn Travelstead
“Evening Sizzle-fish and Fiddleheads” by Ruth Hill
“The House of Hunley” by Tom Hunley
“Characters for a Novel of the Days” by Richard Hague
“arriving” by Ron Whitehead

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We will have a celebratory reading, free and open to the public, at The Bard’s Town in Louisville on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to the winners, we have invited finalists and semifinalists to read at this event in recognition of their excellent work. A limited number of print copies of the literary edition will be available for $10 each.


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