Monthly Winners

The monthly contest series began in September 2020 and will have winners published here through August 2021.

December’s theme was “Closure”

Ray Zimmerman won (for the second time!) for his creative non-fiction entry The Dance of Leaves. Ray Zimmerman began writing freelance journalism in 1988, He has since moved to poetry, creative nonfiction and back into freelance journalism. Links to published works appear on his web page: https://www.rayzimmermanauthor.com/. Congratulations, Ray!

November theme, “Tradition” with winners: Calvin Beam and Sherry Poff

Calvin Beam writes humorous fantasy and mystery stories from his home in Chattanooga. His short stories have appeared in two collections 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.

Sherry Poff grew up in the hills of West Virginia. She now lives and writes in and around Chattanooga, where she interacts with a large group of students and family members. Sherry is a longtime member of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. Her stories and poems have appeared recently in Liquid Imagination and Flash Nonfiction Food (Woodhall Press).

Judge: Chris Wood is a lease analyst by day, student by night, and writer in between. Chris was born in Florence, KY just across the river from Cincinnati and now lives in Tennessee with her husband and several fur babies. She works for a REIT company as a senior lease analyst and is the treasurer for the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. She is also earning her bachelor’s degree and has poetry published in Poetry Quarterly, Three Line Poetry, Haiku Journal, and several other online publications. She won second prize in the 2016 CWG Spring Contest for her poem, Thus Your Life Grows, which is published in the 2016 CWG Anthology.


October theme “Afterlife” winners: Kelly Hanwright and Ray Zimmerman

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/

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.


September theme Compliance: winner Mark J Anderson with poem, Assimilation Or

Mark Anderson returned to college after a long career in carpentry and rediscovered his dormant artistic inclinations. He is currently president of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild and a student at UTC majoring in English; Rhetoric and Professional Writing.

September’s judge: Kate Landers

Kate won the Gates-Thomas award for fiction in 2006, an SCBWI Honorable Mention for a children’s book in 2016, and 2nd place for both Fiction and Nonfiction in the 2017 CWG Spring Contest. She was a collaborator on the novel Esyld’s Awakening, and her work can be found in the 2017 and 2019 CWG Anthologies and at: http://www.KateLanders.com

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