Betty Gabehart Prizes

Congratulations to Cindy King, Jane Marcellus, and Reva Russell English, winners of the 2018 Betty Gabehart Prizes. Here are complete results:


·       Reva Russell English of Lexington, KY for “Gula, Big and Tall”

Honorable Mentions:

·       Mary Lucille Hays of Heath, IL for “Quaker City, Ohio”

·       Julie Stewart of Indianapolis for “Baptism”

POETRY Winner:

·       Cindy King of St. George, Utah, for “Navigation” and other poems

Honorable Mention:

·       Sophie Summertown Grimes of Brooklyn for “Skyline” and other poems


·       Jane Marcellus of Murfreesboro, TN for “Edging Toward Normal” (memoir excerpt)

Honorable Mention:

·       Adrielle Stapleton of Lexington, KY for “Friends in the Bookshelf”

It is a national contest, but we are especially delighted to see Kentuckians among these results!

Three emerging writer awards are presented by Kentucky Women Writers each year. The Betty Gabehart Prizes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry recognize and support writers of exceptional talent who show potential for excellence in their literary endeavors. Winners receive:

  • $300 honorarium, which may be used to defray travel & lodging expenses for:
  • the opportunity to appear on stage to give a reading during KWWC2018, Sept. 14-15 in Lexington
  • full tuition support to attend the conference, plus complimentary admission for one guest
  • one slot in a small-group writing workshop for winner (if guest also wishes to enroll in a workshop, she must purchase the admission at the $200 workshop rate)

Here are submission guidelines. You can submit online or by mail:

Online submission form

Mail-in form:
Download the entry form

Mail package with:

  • entry form
  • 2 copies of the work
  • $10 entry fee payable to KWWC

Please to:
Betty Gabehart Prize
Kentucky Women Writers Conference
University of Kentucky
232 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40506-0344

Direct inquiries to: