2016 Words Contest Winners Revealed

FINAL WORDS COVER (original)I am very proud to announce the 2016 Words Contest winners. Please take time to congratulate these talented writers and artists—the writing was juried blindly by a panel of 8 judges across professions and the artists’ work was juried by professionals/artists as well.

Mark your calendars for the Words Celebration on the evening of Wednesday, April 13th in Steigerwald Hall, 7:00-8:15 p.m. The magazine will launch then—we have an impressive edition to share with you and the public! Your attendance at the Words Celebration event helps to generate creative inspiration! Hope to see you there.


Sandra L. Cuni Award

“Red Shirts” by Maria Hehman


Appalachia Award for Poetry

“The Draw of Paws” by Jared Justice


Appalachia Award for Prose

“You Know Tom” by Dan Schoettelkotte


RUCA Award

“As Above” by Andrew Jensen


Honorable Mentions

“Hot Wings Like Icarus” by Andrew Jensen “Blue Hydrangea” by Zach Rieder

Kate Bilbo Aspiring Writer Award

“ART-ificial Sacrifice” by Abby Mattingly
“Shakers” by Michea Supinger


The Art Department Choice Award (TBA)

“My Mind Consumes Me” by Karen Cress


Cover Art Selection

Reaching Out by Alison Shoemaker


Cover Design

Sarah Brandt

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