detail from "Farm" by Rebecca Wudarski 


Still: The Journal 

                                                                                                             #16 Fall, 2014

~ fiction ~ 

2014 Fiction Contest Winners:

Chelyen Davis
Karen George
Debra Mihalic Staples
            What Has Become of Us

and featuring new work from:

Wesley Browne
Kathy May
            The Animals That Night
Cristan Ritchie
            We're All Animals

 "Farm", oil on canvas, 48x48, by Rebecca Wudarski  

2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest Winners

Kristin Janae Steele
            How to Say Appalachia
Elizabeth Gaucher
            Farm Dogs
Elizabeth Glass
            Gravy Lessons

and featuring new work from:

Ron Houchin
            Hillbilly Mordor: Huntington, West Virginia


~ poetry ~ 

2014 Poetry Contest Winners:

Matt Prater
            Jerusalem Artichoke
Melissa Helton
Charles Swanson           
            Sugar Corn and Beetle Dogs

and featuring new work from:

Bill Brown
Stephanie Dugger
Thomas Alan Holmes
Clyde Kessler


A Poetry Feature: Diane Gilliam

A Poetry Sampler: Edibles featuring:
                        Christie Collins
                        Erin Keane
                        Rita Quillen
                        Elizabeth Savage
                        Savannah Sipple

A Poetry Benediction by Jess D. Wilson

~ book review ~  

Sherry Chandler on Michael Henson's poetry collection The True Story of the Resurrection 

~ interview ~
                         Rachel Garringer

~ featured artist ~
                         Rebecca Wudarski

~ multimedia ~
                         Sturgill Simpson 


 contest results, 2014 ~

                          We announce our 5th annual literary contest winners and finalists in fiction, poetry & creative nonfiction 


In the news . . . 


~ Still: The Journal welcomes Karen McElmurray as our new creative nonfiction editor.

Karen's memoir, Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother's Journey, won the AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction and was listed as a "notable book" by the National Book Critics Circle. Karen is author of two novels, Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (University of Georgia Press) and The Motel of the Stars, part of Sarabande Books' Linda Bruckheimer Series. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have won many prizes, including the Annie Dillard Prize, the Lillie Chaffin Award, and a place in the 2013 Best of the Net Anthology. Karen's writing has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is much in demand as a visiting writer and teacher at a variety of programs and reading series across the country. We look forward to all the rich experience Karen will bring to Still: The Journal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Karen McElmurray 

~ We say goodbye to our co-founder and creative nonfiction editor Jason Howard

 Fiction editor Silas House's essay on pickled baloney, featured in Gravy, the quarterly of the Southern Foodways Alliance, was chosen for inclusion in Best Food Writing 2014.

~ Still contributor Robert Gipe's illustrated novel Trampoline  will be published by Ohio University Press in early 2015. Still was honored to serialize the first six episodes of Trampoline, available in our archives. Congratulations, Robert!

~ Still: The Journal was awarded the e-Appalachia Award for Outstanding Website from the Appalachian Studies Association in March, 2014. The award is presented annually "in recognition of an outstanding website that provides insight on Appalachia and its people, or provides a vital community service to Appalachia."

~ Still contributor Bill Brown's poem to James Still, "The Names of Creeks," was recently embossed on marble in Edmands Park in Newton, Mass. Community volunteers maintain the 33-acre park, dedicated in 1913.   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Somchay Xayarath Edwards 

~ Still mentioned in Ploughshares"Literary Boroughs" Blog