2013 Winners and Finalists Announced:

The fourth annual Writing Contests in Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction 


               Thanks to all our readers who entered and supported our 2013 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’ selections appeared in our Fall issue, #13. Thanks also to our judges: Holly Goddard Jones for fiction, Rebecca Gayle Howell for poetry, and Fenton Johnson for creative nonfiction.

               Guidelines for our 2014 contest will be announced in our Summer issue, #15.


1st Prize:      Christopher McCurry, Lexington, KY, “Those Who Trespass Against Us”

Judge’s Selection:      Melanie K. Hutsell, Maryville, TN, “Celestial Images”


1st Prize:         Catherine Carter, Cullowhee, NC, “Woolly Adelgid”

Judge’s Selection:       Julia Bouwsma, New Portland, ME, “When to Dispatch”

Judge’s Selection:       Sosha Pinson, Fairfax, VA, “Abandoned Daughter’s Praise Song”

Poetry Finalists:

KB Ballentine, “Tennessee Rain”

Sherry Chandler, “Rhapsody”

Brent Cline, “The Former Men”

Pauletta Hansel, “Housekeeping, August 1899”

Adam Lambert, “Salvation”

Coleman Larkin, “Swinging Bridge”

Christina Lovin, “Why I Don’t Eat Beef”

Llewellyn McKernan, “Features of the Day”

Tina Parker, “Those Baptist Sundays with My First Lover”

Tracy Seffers, “Lessons in Ballad-Singing”

Roberta Senechal de la Roche, “Appliqué”

Charles Swanson, “Thistle to the Appalachians”

Creative Nonfiction

1st Prize:       Brent Walter Cline, Jackson, MI, “On Holy Ground”

Judge’s Selection:       Kerri Dieffenwierth, Venice, FL, “A New Bitterroot”

Judge’s Selection:       Anne Visser Ney, Saint Petersburg, FL, “Thread Like a River of Time” 



About our 2013 Judges: 



Holly Goddard Jones was born and raised in Russellville, Kentucky. She holds an MFA in creative writing from The Ohio State University, and she has taught at Denison University, Murray State University, and most recently the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she is Assistant Professor of English. She has also taught workshops for the Reynolds Young Writers' Workshop, the Sewanee Young Writers' Conference, the Sewanee School of Letters, Centre College, and the Appalachian Writers Workshop. Holly's first book, Girl Trouble, was published in 2009 by Harper Perennial. Stories from the collection were published in various journals and anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2008, New Stories from the South 2007 and 2008, The Southern Review, Epoch, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and The Hudson Review. The Next Time You See Me, Holly's debut novel, was published in February 2013 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her newest short fiction has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Tin House, Epoch and The Southern Review.  She was a 2007 recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award.


Rebecca Gayle Howell has published poems and translations in Ecotone, Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, and storySouth. Her awards include a poetry fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center and a Jules Chametzky Prize in Literary Translation. Library Journal chose Howell's translation of Amal al-Jubouri's Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation (Alice James Books) as a 2011 best book of poetry. Hagar was also a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award (BTBA). Howell's collection Render / An Apocalypse was selected by Nick Flynn for the 2012 Cleveland State University Poetry Center's First Book Prize. Her homeplace is Lexington, Kentucky.


Fenton Johnson is the author of two novels, Crossing the River and Scissors, Paper, Rock, and two works of nonfiction, Geography of the Heart:  A Memoir, and Keeping Faith:  A Skeptic’s Journey among Christian and Buddhist Monks. He has published short stories, essays, and literary journalism in a wide range of anthologies, literary quarterlies, magazines, and newspapers, among them the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Harper’s Magazine, where he authored two cover essays.  He has contributed commentaries to National Public Radio and has written narration for award-winning public television documentaries, among them Stranger with a Camera, recipient of a Columbia Dupont Award in Journalism. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as Wallace Stegner and James Michener Fellowships in Fiction, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in both fiction and creative nonfiction, and an Arizona Commission on the Arts Fellowship in creative nonfiction. Johnson is on the faculty of the creative writing program at the University of Arizona and the low-residency MFA in Writing program at Spalding University in Louisville.