Monthly Contest: July – August

Our theme for July’s contest was “Redemption” and our winner is J. Lawrence Bateman with his fiction story “Fatherhood.” 

J. Lawrence Bateman is a previously unpublished writer who lives and works in Chattanooga. His hobbies include playing the cello, riding his bike, and trying to quit cigarettes. Congratulations, J. Lawrence!

August’s contest theme is “Memories.”

Our judge will be Virginia Perry, assisted by Zuki Landau-Fishman and Kelle Z. Riley.

Virginia joined the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild in 2012. Previously she had been a member of the Idaho Falls Writer’s League and a member of the Reader’s Advisory Board for the Idaho Falls Post-Register, generally contributing essays on education and disabilities to the editorial page.

Virginia has been a hospice aide, bookkeeper, ESL instructor, amnesty instructor, substitute teacher, composition instructor, county fair hawker, H&R Block tax preparer, adult basic ed instructor (including once in a prison), box packer for Amazon, and tutor. She has also volunteered with the Girl Scouts, the PTA, Special Olympics, foster parenting, the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild (board member for a two-year term), various churches, and VITA.

The CWG Monthly Contest is free for all paid members. Awards include $25- and publication on the CWG website and in The Pulse magazine.Entry details and rules here:

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