Monthly Contest: June-July

Our theme for June’s contest was “Exploration” and our winner is Sherry Poff with her creative nonfiction piece, “Northeast.” 

Sherry Poff grew up in the hills of West Virginia. She now lives and writes in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she interacts with a large group of students and family members. Sherry holds an MA in Writing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is a member of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. She served as a board member for the CWG for six years. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous online and print publications.  Sherry’s short poem “Resurrection,” published in Liquid Imagination, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Judge Ray Zimmerman has this to say about “Northeast”: Of all the entries, “Northeast” best matches the theme of “exploration.” It is a masterfully written travel journal. From Matsuo Basho to Bill Bryson, the travel journal is an honored and popular genre. Congratulations, Sherry! Read Sherry’s “Northeast” in the file below:

July’s contest theme is “Redemption.”

Our judge will be Mark Anderson, assisted by John C. Mannone and Helga Kidder. Mark loves the creative environment of Chattanooga and is involved with writing, music, and special event projects. You may often find him out busking with guitar and harmonica or sharing at open mics. He has been a member of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild since 2016 and has served on the Board in various roles.

His self-published works include a chap book, “Dribble and Drool,” and two children’s books, “Oh Happy Dog” and “Shu Shu’s Bright New Day.” His poetry was published in the CWG 2019 Anthology and he edited the CWG 2020 Anthology. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of English Writing at American Public University.

Mark’s website is:

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