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Arts Council of York County Announces Literary Awards

15th Annual Literary Competition - Short Fiction and Poetry

7th Annual Youth Literary Competition – Short Fiction and Poetry

Awards Announced

 

ROCK HILL, SC – The Arts Council of York County presented the awards for the 15th Annual Literary Competition and the 7th Annual Youth Literary Competition at a free, public reception honoring the awards recipients and participants, and celebrating National Family Literacy Month and National Novel Writing Month at the Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 5:30 PM. 

 

The Annual Literary Competitions include two categories - short story and poetry. Authors were eligible to enter both the short story and the poetry competitions, and entries were eligible to win an award in each category. Independent jurors were: members of the Perihelion Book Club; Earl Wilcox – Winthrop University Department of English, retired; and Winthrop University faculty - Melissa McArthur Gilbert - Adjunct Faculty, Instructor of English Mary Martin, and Assistant Professor Ephraim Scott Sommers. 

 

15th Annual Literary Competition Awards

Poetry 

1st Place – “Carolina Wren” by Peter Schmitt, Miami, FL

2nd Place – “May (All of Nature Says Yes)” by Chandler West, Rock Hill, SC

3rd Place – “Turning Over” by Carlo Dawson, Rock Hill, SC

Honorable Mention – “Capsize” by Joyce Turner, Rock Hill, SC

Honorable Mention – “Cotton Picker’s Lament” by Alex J. Stokas, Indian Land, SC

 

Short Story

1st Place – “Unappreciated Valor” by Charlie Burnette, Rock Hill, SC

2nd Place – “The Second Chapter” by Strauss M. Shiple, York, SC

3rd Place – “The Christmas Angel” by Mark A. Stevens, Pawleys Island, SC

Honorable Mention – “Slick Willy and the Fortune Teller” by Darryl Lewis, Rock Hill, SC

Honorable Mention – “The Assignation” by Charles Kaska, Heath Springs, SC

 

 

7th Annual Youth Literary Competition Awards 

Poetry

1st Place – “The Way I Learned to Pray” by Charlotte Pollack, Fort Mill, SC

2nd Place – “First World Oblivion” by Rachel Stevens, Fort Mill, SC

3rd Place – “Flavor” by Zoe Dubiski, Clover, SC

Honorable Mention – “The Sun’s Kingdom” by Audrey Kmiecik, Fort Mill, SC

Honorable Mention – “When I Finally Go” by Rachel Black, Rock Hill, SC

 

Short Story

1st Place – “Sherwood’s Forest” by Nathan Flachman, Rock Hill, SC

2nd Place – “The Left Behind” by Rachel Black, Rock Hill, SC

3rd Place – “Stealing the Life of a Misled Countryman” by Rachel Stevens, Fort Mill, SC

Honorable Mention – “Shapeshifter” by Caide Fullerton, Clover, SC

Honorable Mention – “The Girl in the Library” by Harlen Rembert, Fort Mill, SC

 

Prizes and awards for the 15th Annual Literary Competition and the 7th Annual Youth Literary Competition were underwritten by the Perihelion Club. The Perihelion Club, as a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, began in 1898 as a literary and social club in Rock Hill.  Over the years, club members, individually and as a club, have supported literacy in the community in a variety of ways - by conducting story hour at elementary schools, purchasing books for school libraries and funding a scholarship at Winthrop University. Today its members continue to share their love of literature with each other and to eagerly support literacy efforts in the community by raising funds at an auction held annually at its December meeting. The Perihelion Club is very proud to encourage writers of short stories and poetry by funding prizes for this competition.

 

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County at (803)328-2787, by email at arts@yorkcountyarts.org, or visit our webpage at http://www.yorkcountyarts.org.

 

 

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