2019 Literary Contests in Fiction, Poetry, & Creative Nonfiction

Thanks to all our readers who entered and supported our 2019 Literary Contests at Still: The Journal. We are happy to celebrate our winners in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The first-place winners and the judges’ choices appear in our Fall-Winer issue #31-32. Thanks also to our judges: Michael Croley for fiction, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon for poetry, and Gail Galloway Adams for creative nonfiction.

2019 Winners & Finalists

First Prize:  Anthony Otten, Covington, Kentucky, Rivertown
Judge’s Choice:  Lora Hilty, Heath, Ohio, Biscuit World and Butterflies
Judge’s Choice:  Penny Milam, Elizabethton, Tennessee, Queenie's Gift

Fiction Finalists:
Julia Laughter Dorsey, Hendersonville, North Carolina, The Lucky One
Jayne Moore Waldrop, Lexington, Kentucky, For What It's Worth

First Prize:  Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati, Ohio, Home Is the Place Where,
When You Have to Go There, You Only Think About How to Get Out 
Judge’s Choice:  Sean Kelbley, Albany Ohio, Old Masters
Judge's Choice:  Gregory Loselle, Southgate, Michigan, Jay at the Window

Poetry Finalists:
Jessica Cory, Waynesville, North Carolina, The Mighty Ohio
Richard Hague, Cincinnati, Ohio, After Grief
Jordan Laney, Blacksburg, Virginia, Upon Returning Home
Elaine Fowler Palencia, Champaign, Illinois, Turning to Ground Pine
Sosha Pinson, Sterling, Virginia, The Creation of Adam
Allison Thorpe, Lexington, Kentucky, What to Love after Daffodils
Patricia Thrushart, Clarington, Pennsylvania, The Songs of Old Men
Amanda Rachelle Warren, Aiken, South Carolina, The Door We Enter

Creative Nonfiction:
First Prize:  Richard Hague, Cincinnati, Ohio, Acting Up
Judge’s Choice:  Neema Avashia, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Neighbors
Judge’s Choice:  Shelly Ayers, Norris, Tennessee, Samson

Creative Nonfiction Finalists:
Ed Davis, Yellow Springs, Ohio, The Mirror: Seven Songs and One Book
David Evans, Lost City, West Virginia, A Liminal Moment
Jennifer Plant Johnston, Nashville, Tennessee, The Secret City
Tricia Stearns, Peachtree City, Georgia, The Night the Gas Tanks Fell Down in Texas

Contest Judges:

Fiction ~ Michael Croley

Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in southeastern Kentucky. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 2016, his work has appeared in a number of publications. His debut collection of stories, Any Other Place, was published by Blair in 2019. Michael teaches creative writing at Denison University.
Poetry ~ Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She was one of ten celebrated poets commissioned to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series for MoMA. Lyrae teaches creative writing at Cornell University. 
Creative Nonfiction ~ Gail Galloway Adams

Gail Galloway Adams is the author of The Purchase of Order which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. She is professor emeritus at West Virginia University, where she taught creative writing for over twenty years. Adams served as fiction editor for Arts and Letters: A Literary Journal and for the Potomac Review. She has recently taught at Kenyon College, West Virginia Wesleyan College, and the Wild Acres Writers Workshop. 


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