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Novel Excerpt

Send us something that makes us want to read more.
Guidelines:
Entry consists of typed, double-spaced novel excerpt or novella totaling no more than 10,000 words.
Please, include the word count on the cover sheet.
See General Guidelines.

Judged by: Jason Sizemore

Winner

The Fastest Girl in Red Hook: Mark Dlugash

Second

Thoughts of Vandalism: Kerwin Frix

Third

Doldrums: Arthur Long

Poetry

Guidelines:

Entry consists of three typed poems of no more than totaling 100 lines or fewer. If more than one poem is entered, poems will be judged as a collection.

No restrictions as to style or content, or spacing.

See General Guidelines.

Winner

Permanence Has Nothing to Do with Love: K.B. Ballentine

Second

Reflections: Lea McMahon

Third

For Us Who Overslept In the City of Six-Million: JP Schuffman

Nonfiction

Guidelines:
Entry consists of one typed, double-spaced nonfiction essay of no more than 3,000 words.

Winner

Getting On, Getting By: Greer Fox

Second

Do Not Go Gently into That PE Class: Ray Penn

Third

The Kiss: Ray Penn

Short Fiction

Guidelines:
Entry consists of one short story totaling no more than 3,000 words.

Judged by: Elizabeth Gentry

Elizabeth Gentry

Elizabeth Gentry’s debut novel Housebound was published in 2013 by Lake Forest College’s & NOW Books, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. The novel was awarded the 2012 Madeleine Plonsker Emerging Writer Award judged by novelist and fairy tale advocate Kate Bernheimer, and was a finalist for the 2014 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Award. Short work has appeared in So to Speak, Confrontation, The Collagist, and Third Coast. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Elizabeth lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she teaches for the University of Tennessee English Department. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and currently serves as a Senior Prose Editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

Winner

Eulogy for Great-Aunt Pearl: Terry Wyatt

Second

Crybaby: Victoria Griffin

Third

Uncovered: Linda Hoagland

Young Writers

Open to all high school students, grades 9 through 12, of the Greater Knoxville area of East Tennessee.
Guidelines:
Entry consists of one short story or stand-alone novel excerpt totaling no more than 3,000 words, double-spaced.
OR
Up to a maximum of three typed poems totaling 100 lines or fewer with no restrictions as far as style, content or spacing. Poems will be judged as a collection.
Do not include any identifying information on stories themselves.
If you are a teacher or school submitting entries on behalf of your students, please add the following in the email body (in addition to the information required by the General Guidelines):
-School name
-School address
-School phone number
Please contact KWG if your school or club needs any additional information for bookkeeping or payment purposes, by going to the Contact page and select Contest Questions under Category,.

Winner

Revelations: Sophia Foster

Second

New Daddy: Justin New

Third

3:47am, Laundry Day, Awful Irony: Maggie Gordan, Jacob Hattaway, Faithanne Palmer