Announcing the Contest Winners!

The results are in!

There were more than 280 contest entries this year — a WCCW record. Thanks to all who participated!

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

1. WCCW Cozy Mystery Contest.
Short story. A corpse turns up in an idyllic small town. The police think it was a suicide but your protagonist believes differently. 2000-2500 words.
Sponsor: White County Creative Writers

First: Gary Rodgers
Second: Prix Gautney
Third: Sharon Keathley

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HM 1: Sandra Boutwell-Falcone
HM 2: Ellen E. Withers
HM 3: Kristin Castleberry.

2. Historical Fiction Contest.
Any subject, 2000 words max. Sponsor: BCC Freight Haulers

First: Gary Breezeel
Second: Don Money
Third: Millie Gore Lancaster

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HM 1: Ellen E. Withers
HM 2: Sandy Jordan
HM 3: C. Allan Butkus.

3. WCCW Western Award.
Traditional Western short story. Pre-1900 and west of the Mississippi. 2500-word max. Sponsor: White County Creative Writers

First: Gary Breezeel
Second: Rhonda Roberts
Third: Gary Rodgers

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HM 1: Ellen E. Withers
HM 2: Shelley Anne Richter
HM 3: Sara Gipson.

4. Don’t Have a Date Contest.
Historical Fiction Adventure. Adventure short story set in any specific time in history, but must not mention the date. Writer must use story details and descriptions as clues to allow judges to guess the time period. 2500 word max. Sponsors: Gary and Kim Rodgers

First: Julia Zellner
Second: Gary L. Breezeel
Third: Ellen E. Withers

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HM 1: C. Allan Butkus
HM 2: Sara Gipson
HM 3: Gene La Viness.

5. Make Me Laugh Award.
Any genre humorous fiction or nonfiction. Subject: Humorous Life in America. 1500-word max. Sponsor: Razorback Auto Sales.

First: Gary L. Breezeel
Second: Don Money
Third: Rhonda Roberts

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HM 1: Gene La Viness
HM 2: C. Allan Butkus
HM 3: Glenda Hughes

6. Mystic Pawn Contest.
Sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal. You visit a pawn shop where nothing is as ordinary as it seems. 2000-word max.
Sponsor: Lindsey Plumbing, Inc.

First: Prix Gautney
Second: Gary Rodgers
Third: Julia Zellner

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HM: Lisbeth L. McCarty.

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

First: Kim Vernon
Second: Gary Rodgers
Third: Mike Bass

8. Happiness Is… Contest.
Personal Essay. Subject: Joy. Tell me the thing or things that bring joy to your life. 1000 words max. Sponsor: Christine Henderson

First: Regina McLemore
Second: Lisbeth McCarty
Third: Anthony Wood

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HM 1: Kim Vernon
HM 2: Irene Buss Hunt
HM 3: Neil Chandler.

9. Glassworks Poetry Contest.
Pantoum.  Subject : Recharging. Length : minimum 12 lines, max 20 lines. Sponsor: Gayle Glass

First: Donna Nelson
Second: Prix Gautney
Third: Sara Gipson

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HM 1: Mike Bass
HM 2: Millie Gore Lancaster
HM 3: Irene Buss Hunt.

10. Whodunnit?
Murder mystery short story. A 1940s private detective on the order of Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon plays a leading role in solving a murder. 2500 words max. Sponsor: Gary Breezeel

First: Del Garrett
Second: Lisbeth L. McCarty
Third: Sara Gipson

11. Granny Prewitt Award.
Something a grandparent or older person taught you that people don’t do any more. Creative nonfiction. 1500 words max. Sponsor: Anthony Wood

First: Neil Chandler
Second: Harlain S. Ruff
Third: Jane Gatewood

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HM 1: Gary Rodgers
HM 2: Lisbeth McCarty.

12. Family History FICTION Award.
Short story. Tell us how a fictional character found their elusive ancestor. Make it realistic but exciting. 2000-word max. Sponsor: Renee La Viness

First: Gary Rodgers
Second: Gary Breezeel.

13. Would You Believe…?
Light-hearted fantasy short story. Character suspected of lying about a supernatural occurrence which s/he may or may not have caused. Sponsor: Carol Hodges

First: Ellen E. Withers
Second: Gary Rodgers
Third: Shelley Anne Richter

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HM 1: Neil Chandler
HM 2: Lisbeth McCarty
HM 3: Millie Gore Lancaster.

14. Nursery Rhyme Time Contest.
Tercet in 4 stanzas, any subject, Preschool age appropriate, 12 lines, rhyme scheme AAA, BBB, CCC, DDD.
Sponsor: Donna Nelson

First: Prix Gautney
Second: Mike Bass
Third: Kristin Castleberry

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HM 1: Millie Gore Lancaster
HM 2: Regina McLemore.

15. Humorous Essay – You Really Had to Be There.
A funny happenstance, true or fiction. 500 words max.
Sponsor: Dot Hatfield

First: Georgia A. Hubley
Second: Kim Vernon
Third: Julia Zellner

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HM 1: Lisbeth L. McCarty
HM 2: C. Allan Butkus
HM 3: Irene Buss Hunt.

16. Gin Creek Award.
Prose Poem. See poetryfoundation.org for example. Subject: Honor. 20 lines max. Sponsor: Gin Creek Poets

First: Kristin Castleberry
Second: Prix Gautney
Third: Irene Buss Hunt

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HM: Sara Gipson.

17. Morning Memo Award.
Inspirational essay. A brief devotional/motivational article intended to inspire and challenge the reader to get the most of this day. 500-word max.
Sponsor: Steve May

First: Glenda Hughes
Second: Kim Vernon
Third: Shelley Anne Richter

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HM: Donna Nelson

18. Del Garrett’s GIMME THE CREEPS Award.
Funny short story that includes a skeleton dance at a party, graveyard or haunted house. 1000 to 1500 words. Indicate on first page your willingness to be published in upcoming anthology. Sponsor: Del Garrett

First: Mike Bass
Second: John McPherson
Third: Terry Alexander

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HM 1: Kristin Castleberry
HM  2: Lisbeth McCarty
HM 3:  Julila Zellner

19. Paranormal Romance Contest.
Creative use of romance and paranormal are encouraged. 2000-word max. Sponsor: Ellen Withers

First: Ruth Weeks
Second: Gary L. Breezeel
Third: Gary Rodgers

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HM 1: Sara Gipson
HM 2: Patricia Clark Blake
HM 3: Prix Gautney

20. RobertsFamilyArk Poetry Contest.
Any subject. Any style. Length: Don’t make me slap you. Sponsor: Rhonda Roberts

First: Donna Nelson
Second: Kim Vernon
Third: Sam Sullivan

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HM 1: Gary Rodgers
HM 2:  Fay Smalling Guinn
HM 3: Sara Gipson.

21. First Page Contest.
Judged by featured Conference Speaker / session leader Debra Butterfield. First 3-4 paragraphs of a fiction novel, maximum 450 words. Sponsor: White County Creative Writers

First: P. Jan Hall
Second: Gary Rodgers
Third: Kim Vernon

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HM 1:  Laticia Harris
HM  2: Julia Zellner
HM 3: Millie Gore Lancaster.

22. Penpoint Writers Memorial Award.
In honor of James Eades and Debbie Lincoln. Animal short story, 1500 word max. Must include the words love, talented and rain. Sponsor: Penpoint Writers Group

First: Gary Breezeel;
Second: Place Gary Rodgers;
Third: Place Millie Gore Lancaster;

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HM-1: Jean Alfieri;
HM-2: HM Jennifer Landers;
HM-3: Kim Vernon

A huge congratulations to all the winners … and thanks again to all who entered a contest this year!