Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities announced the names of finalists
for 2020 West Virginia Fiction Competition. From these authors a first, second,
and third place winner will be selected by 2020 Appalachian Heritage Writer-In-Residence,
Finalists for this year
are: "Closet Wars," by Pat Donohoe, Shepherdstown, W. Va; "Green Leather
Sofa," DC Gallant, Harpers Ferry, W.
Va.; "Taking Out the Dead," M. Lynne Squires, Scott Depot, W Va.; "A
Killing Time," Cat Pleska, Scott Depot, W Va.; "Eden on a Hill,"
H. Suzanne Heagy, Fairmont, W. Va.; "The Produce Stand," Amber Ray
Garcia, Morgantown, W. Va.; "June Drop," Jordan Carter, Morgantown, W.
“The West Virginia Fiction
Competition is an opportunity for West Virginia writers to connect with and be
mentored by nationally recognized writers honored in the Appalachian Heritage
Writers Project,” Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Shepherd University Director of
the program shared. “It is also an
opportunity to tell the world the West Virginia story through the talent and
voices of West Virginia writers.”
The winning authors stories will also
be submitted for consideration for the Anthology
of Appalachian Writers Dorothy Allison Volume, published in spring 2021. The Fiction Competition is funded by the WV
Center for the Book, in partnership with the Shepherd University Foundation and
Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities.
This year the Judges’ Choice
prize went to a seventh grader at the Linsly School in Wheeling, Caroline
Higgenbottom, for her story “Side with Me.”
Caroline’s story will be reviewed and critiqued by fiction writer and
editor Natalie Sypolt. Caroline’s story,
along with the three winners selected by Allison, will also be published at the
Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Competition Website at https://www.shepherd.edu/ahwir/west-virginia-fiction-competition-winners/.
winners will dine with Allison and the Competition Judges on September 24,
2020, at the Press Room in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The Scarborough Lecture and Awards will be
presented afterward at the Robert Byrd CHE.
The public is invited to all literary events during the Appalachian
Heritage WIR and Festival week September 18-25, 2020. All events will be alternative recorded and
presented through both face-to-face and distance platforms.
For information about
the WV Fiction Competition, any of the Shepherd University Center for
Appalachian Studies and Communities programs, or the new MA dual-degree in
Appalachian Studies, part of the Celtic Roots Global Appalachia partnership
with the University of the West of Scotland, contact Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt
at SShurbut@shepherd.edu. For information about the Dorothy Allison
events visit the AHWIR webpage at https://www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/allison/.