October Contest Winners are:

October’s theme was “Afterlife”

Kelly Hanwright in poetry : “To Neruda – A Request”

Ray Zimmerman in prose: “Life After Writing”

Kelly Hanwright is a poet, teacher and dog trainer living in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. She creates art to help understand herself and her life. She shares it to help others find strategies to understand themselves and their lives. Work has appeared in The American Diversity Report, Abyss & Apex, Birmingham Arts Journal, Heart of Flesh Literary Journal. link: kellyhanwright.com


Ray Zimmerman began writing freelance journalism in 1988, He has since moved to poetry, creative nonfiction and back into freelance journalism. He seldom writes fiction, though “Life After Writing” is a fictional work. Links to published works appear on his web page: https://www.rayzimmermanauthor.com/

Each winner receives a $25- award

A special thank you to our judge, Calvin Beam, for helping us make this contest possible! Calvin writes humorous fantasy and mystery stories from his home in Chattanooga. His short stories have appeared in two collection and have been recognized by the Chattanooga and Knoxville writers’ guilds. He is a former journalist and a past guild officer. Originally from Philadelphia, he now finds the pace of Southern living suits him just fine.

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