The 2016 Literary Edition

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Thank you to our readers, Cecilia Woloch, Christopher Martin, and Kim Anderson, and to our final judges, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall in poetry, Bobbi Buchanan in nonfiction, and Mary Popham in fiction.

Welcome to the online version of The 2016 New Southerner Literary Edition, featuring winners and finalists in the James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry contest, as well as in the nonfiction. To read, click individual links below.

CELEBRATORY READING: We will have a celebratory reading for winners, finalists, and semifinalists on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Bard’s Town in Louisville. The event is free and open to the public. A limited number of copies of the print edition will be available for $10 each.

NOW AVAILABLE: The 2016 New Southerner Literary Edition in print.

NEW EDITOR AND PUBLISHER: A new chapter of New Southerner begins this year with Maggie Brown at the helm.

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JAMES BAKER HALL MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY
Catch
By JED MYERS

HONORABLE MENTION
Death on Highway 62, Hardin County, Kentucky
By MICK KENNEDY

FINALISTS
The Naming By JESSICA D. THOMPSON
Death Sentences By DEBORAH PHELPS
I Know You from Somewhere By JED MYERS

SEMIFINALISTS
Beatrice By LAURA HUNTER
Hands of Trees By GAYLE COMPTON
His Ways By JANET FORD
Knitting Lessons By KIM NORIEGA
The Impossible By JED MYERS

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NONFICTION PRIZE
Hand-Me-Down
By KAREN SALYER MCELMURRAY

HONORABLE MENTION
Plucking Chin Hairs By MANDY SHUNNARAH

FINALISTS
Joy in the Midst of the Clouds By JULIE WHITEHEAD
Local Preserves By RICHARD HAGUE
The City of Ubiquitous Litter By CHRIS CARBAUGH

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Editor’s note on the FICTION PRIZE
Although we received some promising fiction entries, I have made the very difficult decision to not award a fiction prize or publish any fiction this year, as our contest rules allow. However, we will offer some feedback to the best stories and excerpts submitted.  РBobbi Buchanan, editor

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