Tuesday, October 14, 2014

2014 Short Story Contest Winners

First, a special thank you to contest director Laurie Kolp for organizing this contest, finding judges, and garnering support for our group. Secondly, thank you to everyone who participated in this contest. You sent us some amazing manuscripts! Prizes and entries were returned at our October 13 meeting. Contestants also received comments/critiques from the three judges. The winners are:
First Place - "Denton Fobbins" by Karen S. Rush - Winner of $50
Second Place - "Women Trouble" by Linda F. Todd - Winner of $25
Third Place - "Lights Out" by Sylvia Ney - Certificate of Accomplishment

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October Speaker: Gretchen Johnson on Short Stories

Gretchen Johnson lives in Beaumont, Texas, and works as an English Instructor at Lamar University. Her short stories and poems have appeared in The Blue Bear Review, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Poetry Harbor, Spout Press, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and others. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Southwest Minnesota State University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. Her first book, The Joy of Deception, was published by Lamar University Press in 2012, and her second book; A Trip Through Downer, Minnesota; was published by Lamar University Press in 2014.