September 15-16, 2017
Lexington, Kentucky

Previous Winners

Congratulations to winners from past years:

2015

  • Deborah Bernhardt for "Oil" and other poems
  • Theresa Dowell Blackinton for the story "Next Time, the Whale"
  • Katherine McCord for an excerpt from her memoir, And One More Thing About the CIA

2014

  • Emily Rose Cole for "Her Cancer into Harvest" and other poems
  • Amanda Kabak for the story "Over the Rainbow"
  • Shuly Cawood for the essay "An Unexpected Light"

2013

  • D. S. Davies for the essay "Three Places"
  • Kim Lozano for the short story "Just Married"
  • Jennifer Militello for "A Dictionary at the Periphery" and other poems

2012

  • Patti White of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the poem "Lipstick"
  • Rebecca Keller of Oak Park, Illinois, for the short story "The Widows Walk"
  • Jen Hirt of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for creative nonfiction, "Glow in the Dark"

2011

  • Theresa Dowling of Silver Spring, Maryland, for the short story "To Live Without Air"
  • Sara J. Grossman of Somerset, New Jersey, for the poem "Anatomy of a Field"
  • Marya Smith of Elizabeth, Illinois, for creative nonfiction, "Straddling Centuries with a Jam Dish"

2010

  • Joyce Latham of Silver Spring, Maryland, for the poem "Points of Light"
  • Elaine Fowler Palencia of Champaign, Illinois, for the short story "Fast Food"
  • Mariam Williams of Louisville, Kentucky, for creative nonfiction, "The Call I May Never Make"

2009

  • Lisa Dordal of Nashville, Tennessee, for the poem "Commemoration"
  • Natalie Sypolt of Kingwood, West Virginia, for the short story "Ruined Water"
  • Emma Bolden of Georgetown, Kentucky, for creative nonfiction, "Nesting"

2008

  • E. Gail Chandler of Shelbyville, Kentucky, for the poem "One Room School"
  • Lisa K. Buchanan of San Francisco for the short story "One the Eve of Departure"
  • Kelly Bancroft of Youngstown, Ohio, for creative nonfiction, "Singer Sewing Machine No. 66"

2007

  • Kate Buckley of Laguna Beach, California, for the poem "Dead Horse Trail"
  • Bev Olert of Paris, Kentucky, for the short story "Unbroken Chain"
  • Donna McClanahan of Irvine, Kentucky, for creative nonfiction, "Blackberries"