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 Timesbest-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. 


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