Category Archives: 2018 WVW Writing Contest

Contest Judge Rollout: Yehudit Hannah (Short Story)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Yehudit Hannah (née Judith Ann) Cohn lived in several states before finding herself in West Virginia in 1989; she soon settled in, and called Charleston “home” for the next dozen years. In that time she participated at Temple B’nai Israel and B’nai Jacob Synagogue, was on the art crew for a Danny Boyd film, worked for Michael Lipton at Graffiti, and saw They Might Be Giants twice on Mountain Stage.

She also earned a Master of Arts degree in Humanities Studies: Storytelling from then-West Virginia Graduate College, under Dean Joyce East and mentor Denise Giardina, after which she taught English for then-West Virginia State College. Ms. Cohn is also a former Director and Professor of Humanities Studies at that institution, where she learned fascinating things from her students.

In the fall of 2000, since she left for a year’s sabbatical to participate in a post-graduate writing program, the Arad Arts Program with Amos Oz, she has lived in Jerusalem, Israel, where she continues to teach and write*.
*As she writes this, she has learned that an essay of hers was accepted for the twentieth anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Slayage!

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Contest Judge Rollout: Andria Amodt Ho (New Mountain Voices High School)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Andria Amodt Ho is a teacher librarian in San Antonio, Texas.  She loves reading (YA lit. is the best!), crocheting, and desperately needs to get back to writing.  This is only her second year as a librarian, and librarianship has brought many new interests her way, including coding, robotics, and lots of papercrafts.  When she isn't busy in the library, you will probably find her on the computer working out details for new library programs, searching Pinterest for fresh ideas, or at a meeting planning one of several school district literary events.  At home, it isn't unusual to find her curled up in a comfy chair with one of several crazy doggies spread out near her feet, binge watching a tv series she completely missed while finishing her master's degree.

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WV Writers Contest F.A.Q. #51

Continuing the series of Frequently Asked Questions about the West Virginia Writers, Inc., Annual Writing Competitions.  To see all of the questions, please click HERE.

QUESTION: I have a student interested in entering the Middle Grades Books/Young Adult Book contest, and is curious about whether she can submit a payment online or if she needs to send in a check?

ANSWER:  She can submit a payment online if she is entering via our online submission service Submittable. It’s an easy way to upload the submission and pay all at the same time. You can find the link to it at https://westvirginiawriters.submittable.com/submit. Otherwise you can submit a check along with the manuscript and contest entry form, via U.S. mail, with the contest entry form.http://wvwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/2018-WVW_contest_entry_form-Final-Fillable.pdf

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Contest Judge Rollout: Jerri Bell (Social Change)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Jerri Bell is the Managing Editor for O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. She retired from the Navy in 2008; her assignments included antisubmarine warfare in the Azores Islands, sea duty on USS Mount Whitney and HMS Sheffield, and attaché duty at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Her fiction has been published in a variety of journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize; her nonfiction has been published in journals and newspapers, and on blogs. She and former Marine Tracy Crow are the co-authors of It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.

 

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Contest Judge Rollout: Michelle Buck Lipscomb (New Mountain Voices Elementary)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Michelle Buck Lipscomb was born in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and attended Mason County schools until the age of 15, when she and her family moved to Moultrie, Georgia. There, she went on to finish third in her class at Colquitt County High School. Ms. Lipscomb graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA. She later received her Master’s Degree in education from Valdosta State University and obtained an endorsement to teach gifted and talented students. In her twenty-seven years as an educator, Ms. Lipscomb has taught fifth and third grades, as well as gifted and early-intervention classes. She was named the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year for Hahira Elementary in Lowndes County, Georgia. Ms. Lipscomb currently serves as the Instructional Coach at Hahira Elementary. She resides in Hahira, Georgia, and has three children, ages 17, 25 and 27.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Molly Fuller (Emerging Writers Poetry)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Molly Fuller is the author of For Girls Forged by Lightning: Prose & Other Poems (All Nations Press), two chapbooks, The Neighborhood Psycho Dreams of Love (Cutty Wren Press) and Tender the Body (Spare Change Press). Her sequence Hold Your Breath was included in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (Marie Alexander/White Pine Press). Her prose poems and micro fictions have appeared in journals and anthologies including 94 Creations, 100 Word Story, Blue Earth Review, Crack the Spine, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Hot Metal Bridge, Kestrel, MadHatLit, NANO Fiction, The Oklahoma Review, Potomac, Quickly, and Union Station Magazine. She has been recognized as a Finalist for the Key West Literary Seminar Emerging Writer Award and as a Semi-Finalist for The Florida Review’s Jeanne Leiby Memorial Chapbook Award. Fuller is also the co-editor of the book Community Boundaries and Border Crossings: Critical Essays on Ethnic Women Writers and co-editor at The Raymond Carver Review. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Literature program at Kent State University.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Ron Houchin (Short Poetry)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Ron Houchin is a retired public school teacher in the Appalachian region of southernmost Ohio, taught for thirty years. Though raised on the remote banks of the Ohio River in Huntington, West Virginia, he has travelled throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Southwest Review, Appalachian Heritage, The New Orleans Review, and over two hundred other venues. He has been awarded an Ohio Arts Council Grant for teachers of the arts, a tutorial fellowship to teach in a Dublin writing workshop, a poetry prize from Indiana University, as well as a book of the year award from the Appalachian Writers' Association. His poems have been featured on Verse Daily. He has published three collections with Salmon Poetry.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Julia Watts (Middle Grade/Young Adult Books)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

A native of Southeastern Kentucky, Julia Watts has written thirteen novels for adults and young adults, most of which explore the lives of LGBT people in rural and small-town Appalachia.  Her novel  Finding H.F. won the 2002 Lambda Literary Award in the Children’s/Young Adult category.  A novel for for adults, The Kind of Girl I Am, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the Women’s Fiction category, and her 2013 young adult novel Secret City was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a winner of a Golden Crown Literary Award.  Julia’s other titles include Gifted and Talented; Hypnotizing Chickens; and most recently, Rufus + Syd, co-written with Robin Lippincott.  Julia holds an MFA in Writing from Spalding University and has spoken at various national and regional conferences, including the AWP Conference, the NCTE Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, and the Denham Symposium on Appalachian Literature.  She lives in Knoxville and teaches at South College and in Murray State University’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.  She was recently inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, and her new novel, Quiver, is forthcoming from Three Rooms Press.

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Contest Judge Rollout: Jeff Mann (Long Poetry Category)

(WV Writers is rolling out the names and bios of our contest judges for 2018.  For the full collection of judge bios click THIS LINK or read the 2018 JUDGES LIST.)

Jeff Mann (photo credit L.S. King)

Jeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Arts and Letters, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Crab Orchard Review, and Appalachian Heritage. He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; five full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology, A Romantic Mann, and Rebels; two collections of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear and Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South; three novellas, Devoured, included in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire, Camp Allegheny, included in History’s Passion: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall, and The Saga of Einar and Gisli, included in On the Run: Tales of Gay Pursuit and Passion; six novels, Cub, Country, Insatiable, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal (which won the Pauline Réage Novel Award), Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War (which won a Rainbow Award), and Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War (which won both the Pauline Réage Novel Award and a Lambda Literary Award); a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and three volumes of short fiction, Desire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweat, Consent: Bondage Tales, and A History of Barbed Wire (which won a Lambda Literary Award). In 2013, he was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame. He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series at Marshall

Two of the judges for the 2018 WV Writers writing contests will be featured readers for The A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series at Marshall.

The series is kicking off the Spring 2018 semester with a reading celebrating the newly published anthology Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South, a book whose work provides space for historically marginalized voices, such as those from the queer community. These essays and stories remind readers what a breadth of identity there is in Appalachia. Featured readers will be Jeff Mann,Julia Watts, and Okey Napier Jr.

What: Reading and Book signing
Where: the Don Morris Room in the Memorial Student Center on Marshall's campus
When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 7 p.m.

Please join us for a reading, Q&A, and book signing. Books will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served.

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