Announcing the Contest Winners!

The results are in!

There were more than 365 contest entries this year — a WCCW record. Thanks to all who participated!

Here’s a complete list of this year’s winners.

1. Rod Miller Dialogue Award
Writing dialogue in an Old West setting. Judged by Rod Miller. Sponsor: WCCW.

1st Place:  Kim Vernon
2nd Place: Mary Cambron-Collard
3rd Place:  Barbara R. Barbre

1 Honorable Mention:  Millie Gore Lancaster
2 HM: Lisbeth McCarty
3 HM: Stephen Northcutt

2. Intriguing Beginnings Award
Present your most intriguing and hook ‘em beginning. Judged by Laura Castoro. Sponsor: WCCW.

1st Place: Rhonda Roberts
2nd Place: Kim Vernon
3rd Place: Don Money

1 Honorable Mention: Millie Gore Lancaster
2 HM: Gene La Viness
3 HM: Mary Cambron-Collard

3. Remember When Award
An essay of a pleasant childhood memory. Sponsor: Dot Hatfield.

1st Place: Peggy Sanders
2nd Place: Naomi Sechrest
3rd Place: Sam Sullivan

1 Honorable Mention: Anthony Wood
2 HM: John McPherson
3 HM: Beverly Robertson

4. Two for One Award
A short story that combines two different genres. Sponsor: Razorback Auto Sales.

1st Place: Kim Vernon
2nd Place: Millie Gore Lancaster
3rd Place: Gary Breezeel

1 Honorable Mention: Terry Alexander
2 HM: Sam Sullivan
3 HM: Gene La Viness

5. Cozy Seasoned Romance
A romance story featuring older characters. Sponsor: Renee LaViness.

1st Place: Gary L. Breezeel
2nd Place: Kim Vernon
3rd Place: Martha Rodriguez

1 Honorable Mention: Julia Zellner
2 HM: Diana L Walters
3 HM: Kristin Castleberry

6. Close Encounters Memorial
Experiences with the unexplainable, such as ghosts or UFOs. Sponsor: Gary Rodgers.

1st Place: Don Money
2nd Place: Melinda LaFevers
3rd Place: Sam Sullivan

1 Honorable Mention: Millie Gore Lancaster
2 HM: Mary Cambron-Collard
3 HM: Cheryl Cleek

7. RobertsFamilyArk Award
Poetry, any subject, any type, any form. Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts.

1st Place: John McPherson
2nd Place: Jean Aflieri
3rd Place: Nick Sweet

1 Honorable Mention: Sandi Furlong
2 HM: Shelley Anne Richter
3 HM: Kim Vernon

8. Grandpa’s Rocking Chair
Children’s story, any subject suitable to be read aloud to children up to 8 years old. Sponsor: BCC Freight Haulers.

1st Place: Del Garrett
2nd Place: Kim Vernon
3rd Place: Shelley Anne Richter

1 Honorable Mention: Rhonda Roberts
2 HM: Gary Breezeel
3 HM: Cheryl Cleek

9. More Than Meets the Eye
Sci-fi/fantasy story about a place or thing that is more than it appears to be. Sponsor: Lindsey Pawn and Storage.

1st Place: Melinda LaFevers
2nd Place: Gary Rodgers
3rd Place: Del Garrett

Honorable Mention: Rhonda Roberts

10. Life Lessons Not Learned in School
Essay about a significant lesson or lessons not learned in school. Sponsor: Harding University English Department.

1st Place: Jane Gatewood
2nd Place: C. Allan Butkus
3rd Place: Peggy Sanders

1 Honorable Mention: Fay Smalling Guinn
2 HM: Rhonda Roberts
3 HM: Melinda LaFevers

11. 4×4 Poetry Award
Quatern. 16 lines (4 quatrains) Sponsor: Gayle Glass.

1st Place: Mike Bass
2nd Place: Alyssa Darby
3rd Place: Malinda LaFevers

1 Honorable Mention: Donna Nelson
2 HM: John McPherson
3 HM: Pat Laster

12. Whatever Floats Your Ghost
Mystery with a paranormal element beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding. Sponsor: Ellen E. Withers.

1st Place: Joyce Ross
2nd Place: Gary Breezeel
3rd Place: Gary Rodgers

1 Honorable Mention: Neil Chandler
2 HM: Kim Vernon
3 HM: Renee La Viness

13. Glassworks Award
An essay about your favorite place. Sponsor: Gayle Glass.

1st Place: Sam Sullivan
2nd Place: John McPherson
3rd Place: Sandi Furlong

1 Honorable Mention: Gary L. Breezeel
2 HM: Jane Gatewood
3 HM: C. Allan Butkus

14. Tribute to the Bard
Shakespearean Sonnet. Subject: Country Living, your likes or dislikes. Sponsor: Donna Nelson.

1st Place: Catherine Moran
2nd Place: Mike Bass
3rd Place: Melinda LaFevers

1 Honorable Mention: Fay Smalling Guinn
2 HM: Pat Laster

15. Gimme the Creeps Award
Fiction horror ghost story. Sponsor: Del Garrett.

1st Place: Don Money
2nd Place: Gary Rodgers
3rd Place: Cheryl Cleek

1 Honorable Mention: Anthony Wood
2 HM: Sherri Croom
3 HM: Renee La Viness

16. How-to Award
Writing a How-To article of any kind, from building a rocket to boiling water to finding inner peace. Sponsor: Steve May.

1st Place: Fay Smalling Guinn
2nd Place: Melinda LaFevers
3rd Place: Christopher La Viness

1 Honorable Mention: Kristin Castleberry
2 HM: Shelley Anne Richter

17. Granny Prewitt Award
Humorous old family tale about a serious event: church service, funeral, wedding, graduation, etc. Sponsor: Anthony Wood.

1st Place: Gary Breezeel
2nd Place: Millie Gore Lancaster
3rd Place: Gene La Viness

1 Honorable Mention: Don Money
2 HM: Kim Vernon
3 HM: Fay Smalling Guinn

18. Three Little Pigs True Story
Re-write this fable from the point of view of an inanimate object or a character. Sponsor: The Penpoint Writers’ Group.

1st Place: Sam Sullivan
2nd Place: Gary Rodgers
3rd Place: Cheryl Cleek

1 Honorable Mention: Don Money
2 HM: Lisbeth McCarty
3 HM: Alyssa Darby

19. Gin Creek Poetry Award
Rhymed poetry. 28 lines. Subject: Autumn. Children’s poem suitable for pre-schoolers. Sponsor: Gin Creek Poets.

1st Place: Melinda LaFevers
2nd Place: Alyssa Darby
3rd Place: Mary Lee Cunningham

20. Fur in Flight Contest
Humorous Fantasy Short Story dealing with with results of enabling small rodents to fly. Sponsor: Carol Hodges.

1st Place: Rhonda Roberts
2nd Place: Lisbeth McCarty
3rd Place: Gary Rodgers

Honorable Mention: Gary Breezeel

21. Whodunnit Award
Murder mystery short story. Sponsor: Gary Breezeel

1st Place: C. Allan Butkus
2nd Place: Gary Rodgers
3rd Place: Sharon Keathley

22. Fledgling Dragon Contest
Write a 1-page max synopsis for a Young Adult Fiction novel, any subject. Sponsor: Chrissy Willis.

1st Place: Rhonda Roberts
2nd Place: Martha Rodriguez
3rd Place: Lisbeth McCarty

23. The Word Today Award
Re-write a favorite Bible story in modern times. Sponsor: Kim Vernon and Gary Rodgers.

1st Place: Peggy Sanders
2nd Place: Don Money
3rd Place: Sherri Croom

1 Honorable Mention: Julia Zellner
2 HM: Helen Austin

24. Character Sketch
In 250 words or less make your character come to life. Sponsor: RobertsFamilyArk.

1st Place: Alyssa Darby
2nd Place: Anita Smith
3rd Place: Martha Rodriguez

1 Honorable Mention: Sam Sullivan
2 HM: Laticia Harris
3 HM: Veronica Zuege