First Place: Jacinta V. White, Kernersville NC “To Mocksville,” “Wedding Sheets,” “Washing Day”
Second Place: Allison Smythe, Rocheport, MO
Honorable Mention: Kathy Ackerman, Tryon, NC
Alice J. Hudson, Kernersville, NC
Alice Osborn, Raleigh, NC
Annie E. Wenger-Nabigon, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Glenda C. Beall, Hayesville, NC
Jennifer L. Stevenson, Winston-Salem, NC
Joan Wiener, Asheville, NC
John Thomas York, Greensboro, NC
Judith Glazier, High Point, NC
Lenard D. Moore, Raleigh, NC
Lianne Jackson, Winston-Salem, NC
Lynn Veach Sadler, Sanford, NC
Margaret Baddour, Goldsboro, NC
Margo Williams, Wilmington, NC
Maryland Wolf, Greensboro, NC
Maureen Sherbondy, Raleigh, NC
Pat Riviere-Seel, Asheville, NC
Patrice Warrender, Sebastopol, CA
Rowena Copeland, Greenville, SC
Ruth Moose, Pittsboro, NC
Sara Claytor, Carboro, NC
Susan Lefler, Brevard, NC
Terri McCord, Greenville, SC
First Place: Matt Siegel, Milledgville, GA “Look-Back Time”
Flash Fiction Finalists:
Clifford Garstang, Staunton, VA “The Mask of the Jaguar”
Debra F. Marsh, Winston-Salem, NC “In Full Moon”
Jan Parker, Fuquay-Varina, NC “Where Bugs Walk on Water”
Kevin Brown, Fayetteville, AR “Hong Kong Karma”
Laurie Bargebuhr, Summerfield, NC “Voices”
Matthew Goldberg, Fayetteville, AR “Hands”
Maya Davis, Advance NC “Evenings End”
Roxann Larotonda, Raleigh, NC “Daughter-in-Law Blues”
Steve Godwin, Wendell, NC “Blue Ballerina, 1982”
Short Short Story
First Place: Laura van den Berg, Boston, MA “To the Good People of Mars”
Judge: Joseph Bathanti,author of The High Heart (Eastern Washington University Press)
Short-Short Story Finalists:
Bill Cameron, Portland, OR "Counterflow"
Gale Tanner, Forsyth, GA "God's Dog"
Jan Schubert, Climax, NC "Devil Loose in Alabama"
Karen LaBorde, Metairie, LA "Silver Minnows and Flourescent Worms"
Lisa Muir, Boone, NC "Cooper Ridge"
Mary Ann Peden-Caviello, Winston-Salem, NC "Princess"
Ray Morrison, Winston-Salem, NC "Spring Planting"
Robin Craig, Helensvale, Queensland, Australia "Genesis"
Sara Claytor, Carrboro, NC "Big Bad Wolf Red"
Wilma W Reitz, Greenville, SC "Fear Itself"
First Place: J Dillon Woods, Carbondale, IL “The Exorcise Machine”
Honorable Mention: Gale Tanner, Forsyth, GA “Gifts of the Spirit”
Judge: Patry Francis, author of The Liar’s Diary (Dutton Adult).
Genre Fiction Finalists:
BV Lawson, Arlington, VA "The Tradition Thief"
Ellen Hamilton, Gainesville, GA "Her Whole Long Life"
Jon Batson, Raleigh, NC "Love at the Lumina Pavilion"
First Place: Lisa Williams Kline, Mooresville, NC “Must Remain Anonymous”
Susan Olson Lawson, Cornelius, NC “The Time it Takes”
Joyce Allen, Carrboro, NC “Dreams of the Predator”
Short Story Finalists:
Alexander Lumans, Carbondale, IL "Excavating the Blind"
Anne Leigh Parrish, Seattle, WA "Snow Country"
B.J. Buckley, Lolo, MT "Eohippus"
Barbara Rosson Davis, Greensboro, NC "The Sheer Desire to be Splendid" and "Wiley Raccoon and Dream Rabbit"
Carol Kenny, Greensboro, NC "Physics Hoodoo Voodoo" and "Brothers at the Hip"
Danny Thomas, Sanford, NC "Gladrags"
Donna Oetzel, Washington, DC "Waisha"
Dory Adams, Pittsburgh, PA "As Easy As That"
Judith Glazier, High Point, NC "In the Barrow Brothers' Barn"
Karen DeQuatro, Wakefield, RI "Courting Grace"
Kathy Norcross Watts, Winston-Salem, NC "Losing Grace"
Michael Rae Zeoli, Winston-Salem, NC "A Kept Woman"
Pamela Hildebran, Hildebran, NC "Failure to Appear"
Richard A. Ballou, Cary, NC "Return of the Magi" and "Thanksgiving Day Man"
Robert Wicker, Tallahassee, FL "The Afterlight"
Ronald Frank Balazik, Alexandria, VA "Heart Heat"
Steve Mitchell, Winston-Salem, NC "Dandelion"
First Place: Rachel Elizabeth Furey, Carbondale, IL “Mississippi Mud”
Judge: Felicia C. Sullivan, author of The Sky Isn't Visible from Here (Algonquin Books)
Creative Nonfiction Finalists:
Allen Smith, Alexandria, VA “Pastor Lady
Alice Owens Johnson, Black Mountain, NC “Christmas Below Sea Level”
Barbara Rosson Davis, Greensboro, NC “The Caretakers”
Brooke Hewes, Missoula, MT “Falling Forward” and “Buffalo Hippies”
Deborah C. Davis, Winston-Salem, NC “Nobody’s Daughter”
Diane Hoover Bechtler, Charlotte, NC “My Husband, the Chevette”
Ellen Rice Tichich, Northfield, MN “Misplaced”
Elizabeth Bernays, Tucson, AZ “Pollards”
Fred Bahnson, Efland, NC “The Tender Groin of the Land”
Sonya Huber, Statesboro, GA “Healthcare for All, Almost”
Lisa J. Brown, Zionville, NC “Yankee Come Home”
Lisa Williams Kline, Mooresville, NC “Proctoring”
Marc Lewis, Raleigh, NC “Brief Iowa Drive”
Nan Philipp, Oro Valley, AZ “Quarry Me Deep”
Susan Perry Benson, Angier, NC “Uncle War”
Susan Vogel, Boone, NC “Diet Daze” and “The Real Thing”
First Place: Joan Corwin, Evanston, IL "Safe Shall Be My Going"
Dean Gessie, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada "Epsilon Delta
James Reed, Omaha, NE "Sleeping Rooms"
Colby Prout, Charleston, SC "Once Buffalo"
Judge: Roy Kesey, author of Nothing in the World (Bullfight Media)
Devon Marsh, Winston-Salem, NC "How I Know"
Egidio Coccimiglio, Los Angeles, CA "A Pleasant Vertigo"
KC Wilson, Jacksonville Beach, FL "Thou Shalt Not"
Skip Hollingsworth, Roanoke, VA "Thirst"
Stephanie Coyne-DeGhett, Potsdam, NY "Women in the Landscape"
First Place: Tom Stanley-Becker, Chicago, IL “Bittersweet” (short story)
Honorable Mention:Tina Hanae Miller of Coconut Grove, FL "Broadway," "It's going to rain, the trees say," and "Icarus" (poetry)
Judge: Kyle Minor, co-editor of The Other Chekhov (New American Press)
Young Writers Finalists:
Andrew Calder, Melbourne, FL for poetry
Anna Olkovsky, Staten Island, NY for poetry
Cory Adkins, Pfafftown, NC for poetry
Tyler Adkins, Pfafftown, NC for short story
Melissa Tolentino, Wake Frest, NC for short story
Nora Benedict, Carbondale, IL for short story
Yasmine Anderson, Roanoke, VA for poetry
Zachariah Claypole White, Hillsborough, NC for poetry