2018 Literary Contests in Fiction, Poetry, & Creative Nonfiction

Thanks to all our readers who entered and supported our 2018 Literary Contests at Still: The Journal. We are happy to announce our winners in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The first-place winners and the judges’ choices appeared in our Fall issue #28. Thanks also to our judges: 
Wiley Cash for fiction, Ciona Rouse for poetry, and Katie Fallon for creative nonfiction.

Winners & Finalists


First Prize:  Erin Miller Reid, Kingsport, Tennessee, The Offering  

Judge’s Choice:  Lana K. W. Austin, Huntsville, Alabama, Marrowbone

Judge’s Choice:  Meagan Lucas, Hendersonville, North Carolina, Voluntary Action   

Fiction Finalists:

Andrea Fekete, Charleston, West Virginia, Native Trees

Brodie Lowe, Indian Land, South Carolina, Muddy Water



First Prize:  Kari Gunter-Seymour, Albany, Ohio, The Weeds In This Garden

Judge’s Choice:  Michelle Castleberry, Watkinsville, Georgia, Lauds

Judge's Choice:  Benjamin Cutler, Whittier, North Carolina, The Gods Who Might Be Geese

Poetry Finalists:

KB Ballentine, Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Rhapsody in Ash

Sean L. Corbin, Lexington, Kentucky, Blue Fire

Katherine Fishburn, Hagerstown, Maryland, Ditch Lillies

Annie Goold, Ithaca, New York, ii. from the kitchen bay window, '06

Mary Imo-Stike, Scott Depot, West Virginia, Bury Me Face Down in Spring

Sean Kelbley, Albany, Ohio, Groundhog Day

Christopher Martin, Acworth, Georgia, My Daughter Refuses to Smile

Rick Mulkey, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Concerning Whiskey   

Jonathan Andrew Pérez, Brooklyn, New York, Burn Barn, Burn

Creative Nonfiction:

First Prize:  Dalton Monk, Milledgeville, Georgia, City Boy

Judge’s Choice:  Keith Stewart, Hyden, Kentucky, Sancti  

Judge’s Choice:  Robin Talbert, Silver Spring, Maryland, My Mother, My Stepmother, and Doris Day

Creative Nonfiction Finalists:

David B. Evans, Lost City, West Virginia, Farewell, My Lovely

Richard Hague, Cincinnati, Ohio, Recovering, Sort Of

Shannon Mullins, Fall Rock, Kentucky, Traveler

Contest Judges:

Fiction ~ Wiley Cash 

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best-selling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. He currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Poetry ~ Ciona Rouse

Ciona Rouse is the author of the chapbook Vantablack (Third Man Books, 2017) and poetry editor of WORDPEACE journal. Her work can be found in The Account, Gabby Journal, Matter: a journal of political poetry and commentary, and Talking River. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she co-hosts Re/Verb, a podcast where music, literature, and pop culture collide, and also curates several poetry experiences and reading series.
Creative Nonfiction ~ Katie Fallon

Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction books Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird (UPNE, 2017) and Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, 2011), which was a finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. Her essays and articles have appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ecotone, Terrain, Still, Fourth River, Appalachian Heritage, and elsewhere. She’s taught writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University, and currently teaches in the low-residency MFA programs at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Chatham University. 
photo by Mallory Brady Cash
photo by Ashtin Paige

Our next literary contest guidelines will be posted on this page when
our 2019 contests open in late June, 2019.


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