Writing Contest Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts

2020 WCCW Winners

(NOTE: Don’t forget to look at the WCCW sponsored Christmas writing contests. Click here for info.)

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This year we had over 250 contest entries and more than 30 writers walked away with a prize.

Here’s how each contest turned out.

1. BETTY SLAUGHTER MEMORIAL AWARD: Historical Short Story, fiction or non-fiction, set in small-town America in the WWII era. 2000-word max. Sponsor: White County Creative Writers.

1st Place – Kim Vernon
2nd Place – Martha Rodriguez
3rd Place – Chuck Butkus
1 HM (Honorable Mention) – Anthony Wood
2 HM – Gary Breezeel
3 HM – Ellen E. Withers


2. THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Creative Nonfiction. The best memory of your childhood. 1500-word max. Sponsor: Dr. Rebecca Foster

1st Place – C. Allan Butkus
2nd Place – Gary Rodgers
3rd Place – Ellen E. Withers
1 HM – Kim Vernon
2 HM – Georgia Hubley
3 HM – Don Money


3. BOYCE CATTLE COMPANY AWARD: Western short story, 2500-word max. Sponsor: BCC Freight Haulers

1st Place – Del Garrett
2nd Place – Gary L. Breezeel
3rd Place – Carole Crow
1 HM – Anthony Wood
2 HM – Shelley Anne Richter


4. CONTEST FOR NEWBIES: Fiction or non-fiction, 1500-word max. Storm Story, either an internal storm or weather-related. This contest is for writers who have never won money in a writing contest. Sponsor: Dot Hatfield.

1st Place – Debra Lynn Determan


5. GLASSWORKS AWARD: Poetry. 8 lines. Form: Heroic Rispetto. Subject: Any. Sponsor: Gayle Glass.

1st Place – John McPherson
2nd Place – Mike Bass
3rd Place – Cheri Lynn Quattrochi
1 HM – Shelley Anne Richter
2 HM – Barbara Shepherd
3 HM – Del Garrett


6. LOVE IN THE OLDEN DAYS: Historical Romance — A romance set in ancient or primitive times. 2500-word max. Sponsor: Ellen Withers.

1st Place – Kim Vernon
2nd Place – Gary L. Breezeel
3rd Place – Martha Rodriguez
Honorable Mention – Del Garrett


7. YOU WEAR IT WELL: Fantasy Short Story. Different clothing affects protagonist’s supernatural and/or magic abilities, with humorous results. 2500-word max. Sponsor: Carol Hodges.

1st Place – Gary L. Breezeel
2nd Place – Shelley Anne Richter
3rd Place – Gary Rodgers
Honorable Mention – Mike Bass


8. GIMME THE CREEPS AWARD: Traditional horror — Old style horror, not ghosts. Think old black & white horror movies. 1000 – 3000 words. Sponsor: Del Garrett.

1st Place – Gary L. Breezeel
2nd Place – Anthony Wood
3rd Place – Sam Sullivan
1 HM – Kim Vernon
2 HM – John McPherson
3 HM – Gary Rodgers


9. MORNING MEMO: Inspirational essay, 500-word max. A brief devotional / motivational article intended to inspire and challenge the reader to get the most of this day. Sponsor: Steve May.

1st Place – Jane Gatewood
2nd Place – Gary L. Breezeel
3rd Place – Kim Vernon
1 HM – Martha Rodriguez
2 HM – John McPherson


10. RHYME TIME: Children’s Nonsense Poetry, any subject. Couplet rhyme, minimum 3 nonsense words. 24 lines max. Sponsor: Donna Nelson.

1st Place – John McPherson
2nd Place – Gary Rodgers
3rd Place – Shelley Anne Richter
1 HM – Pat Laster
2 HM – Fay Smalling Guinn


11. WHODUNNIT? AWARD:
Murder mystery short story. Classic Locked Room Mystery. A body is discovered inside a room locked from the inside. Windows, if any, are either locked or barred. All is not as it seems. Whodunnit? And how? Who solves the crime? Extra points for originality. 2500-word max. Sponsor: Gary Breezeel.

1st Place – Ellen E. Withers
2nd Place – Shelley Anne Richter
3rd Place – Gary Rodgers


12. NOT MY MONKEY AWARD: Children’s story. 700-words max. Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts.

1st Place – Barbara Shepherd
2nd Place – Sam Sullivan
3rd Place – Shelley Anne Richter
1 HM – Don Money
2 HM – Gary L. Breezeel
3 HM – Cheryl Cleek


13. JUNK DRAWER AWARD: Any genre fiction prose. No erotica or gore. 2000-word max. Sponsor: Renee & Gene La Viness.

1st Place – Donna Nelson
2nd Place – Gary Rodgers
3rd Place – Gary L. Breezeel;
1 HM – Shelley Anne Richter
2 HM – Cheryl Cleek
3 HM – Kim Vernon
3 HM (TIE) – Barbara Shepherd


14. SNAPSHOT: Short essay, 500-word max. Share a moment of importance in your life. Sponsor: Gayle Glass.

1st Place – Anthony Wood
2nd Place – John McPherson
3rd Place – Donna Nelson
1 HM – Gary L. Breezeel
2 HM – Fay Smalling Guinn
3 HM – Kim Vernon


15. HIPPOGRIFF HARDWARE: Fantasy Short story – What would a hardware store for fantasy creatures look like? Use it as a setting or integral part of your story. 1500-word max. Sponsor: Pangburn Hardware.

1st Place – John McPherson
2nd Place – Shelley Anne Richter
3rd Place – Barbara Shepherd


16. GIN CREEK AWARD: Free verse poem. Subject: Back to School. 24 lines max. Sponsor: Gin Creek Poets.

1st Place – Barbara Shepherd
2nd Place – Laticia Harris
3rd Place – Catherine Moran
1 HM – Kim Vernon
2 HM – Shelley Anne Richter
3 HM – Renee La Viness


17. DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES: Psychological horror, not a slasher. 2000-word max. Sponsor: Gary Rodgers & Kim Vernon.

1st Place – Anthony Wood
2nd Place – Sam Sullivan
3rd Place – Ellen E. Withers
Honorable Mention – Terry Alexander


18. GRANNY PREWITT AWARD: Nonfiction short story. A Christmas memory involving an elderly person who was influential in your life. 1500-word max. Sponsor: Anthony Wood.

1st Place – Kim Vernon
2nd Place – Geneva King McDaniel
3rd Place – Gary Rodgers


19. PEGGY’S PLAY WITH WORDS: Children’s rhyming poetry, suitable for ages 3 – 8. 12-line max.  Will be judged on rhyme, rhythm, and age appropriateness. Sponsor: Peggy Archer.

1st Place – Renee La Viness
2nd Place – Kim Vernon
3rd Place – Shelley Anne Richter
1 HM – John McPherson
2 HM – Barbara Shepherd
3 HM – Pat Laster


20. I DID IT MY WAY: Creative non-fiction, 1200 WORD MAX. A story about a lesson you had to learn the hard way. Sponsor: Gary Rodgers & Kim Vernon.

1st Place – Fay Smalling Guinn
2nd Place – Gary L. Breezeel
3rd Place – Jane Gatewood


21. WHAT COULD’VE BEEN: Short story, any genre, with two different endings. 2000-word max. Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts.

1st Place – Gary L. Breezeel
2nd Place – Shelley Anne Richter
3rd Place – Gary Rodgers
1 HM – Kim Vernon
2 HM – Renee La Viness
3 HM – Geneva King McDaniel


22. THE OTHERWORLD AWARD: Sci-fi/Fantasy story. 2500-word max. Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts.

1st Place – Gene La Viness
2nd Place – Sam Sullivan
3rd Place – Fay Smalling Guinn
1 HM – Barbara Shepherd
2 HM – Gary L. Breezeel
3 HM – Gary Rodgers


23. CLARA BARGER MEMORIAL: Short story prompted by a painting.  300-750 words. Sponsor: Razorback Auto Sales.

1st Place – Rebecca Foster
2nd Place – Anthony Wood
3rd Place – Barbara Shepherd
Honorable Mention – T. French Adams


24. PENPOINT AWARD: Write a story, any genre that includes the following: A blue shoe, a forest, a mysterious sound, and a torn page from a book. Must be between 1000 – 1500 words. No erotica or graphic violence/gore. Sponsor:  Penpoint Writers Group.

1st Place – Cheri Lynn Quattrochi
2nd Place – Gary Rodgers
3rd Place – Gary L. Breezeel
Honorable Mention – Anthony Wood


25. WILLIS CHILDREN’S AWARD: Children’s story, 1000-word max. Sponsor: Chrissy Willis.

1st Place – Kim Vernon
2nd Place – Regina McLemore
3rd Place – Cheryl Cleek
1 HM – Gary Rodgers
2 HM – Barbara Shepherd
3 HM – John McPherson


26. ILLUSTRATED POETRY AWARD: Original poem and illustration. One 8-1/2 X 11 page on white or colored copy or construction paper. May be watercolor, pastels, crayon, pen ink, chalk, must use color.

1st Place – Donna Nelson
2nd Place – John McPherson
3rd Place – Laticia Harris
1 HM – Cheri Lynn Quattrochi
2 HM – Renee La Viness


Congratulations to all winners! And thank you to all who participated in the 2020 Writers Contests!