Awards Gala 2006
Jeff Daniel Marion
Part of the Knoxville Writers' Guild mission is "to promote writing and creativity in the wider community through education, publication, and sponsorship of writing-related events." Beginning in 2002, we have added another goal: to begin a tradition of honoring local writers whose career achievements deserve the recognition of the wider community that is the Knoxville metropolitan area and our region as a whole.
Please join the Guild in applauding famed poet and writer Jeff Daniel Marion for his achievements as a noted author, teacher and scholar. To read more about his achievements, click here or visit Celtic Cat Publishing.
Master of Ceremonies Fred
Brown, columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel,
will lead the evening's activities. The program will also feature
live music by jazz combo Christabel and the Jons
and a catered buffet by Everyday Epicurean. More
than $2,100 in prizes will be given to winners of awards for fiction,
poetry, and essays. Join the Sky
Writers' Masquerade--dress as your favorite writer
and be judged by poet Marilyn Kallet. Costumes are optional, but the
more folks who join in, the more fun we'll have.
PO Box 10326
Knoxville, TN 37939
or visit our secure site to use your credit card. Bring your emailed receipt with you to show at the door.
The following are the 2006 Knoxville Writers¹ Guild contest winners. First place poems will be read in their entirety at the Annual Gala. Exerpts of the first place short story and the first place essay will be read. All winners will be presented with a certificate and their prize money at the gala, which will be 6-9 p.m., Thursday, June 8 at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased in advance from Guild members or by clicking here.
Tickets will also be available at the door.
Leslie Garrett Short Story Award
1st "Weather Report" by Jack Rentfro, Knoxville
2nd "When She Closes Her Eyes" by Christopher Walters, Knoxville
3rd "To Boldly Go" by Tamara Baxter, Kingsport
Libba Moore Gray Poetry Prize
1st "Sharp" by Linda Parsons Marion, Knoxville
2nd "December Poem" by Connie Jordan Green, Lenoir City
3rd "In Praise of Mourning Doves" by Elizabeth Howard, Crossville
1st "Marching Through the Strobe" by Christine Parkhurst, Knoxville
2nd "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" by Jack Rentfro, Knoxville
3rd "What We All Want" Marianne Chrystalbridge, Sevierville
Robert Burns/Terry Semple Award
1st "Coal Mining Camp, Kentucky, 1935" by Connie Jordan Green, Lenoir City
2nd "Perennial" by Wanda Ensor Grooms, Oak Ridge
3rd "Oshannar" Elizabeth Howard, Crossville
Young Poets' Award
1st "Enlarged Heart" by Katie Dunkirk, Oak Ridge
2nd "Home" by Ben Luther, Oak Ridge
3rd "this title has six more syllables than my name" by Daniel Stephenson, Kingston
All three Young Poets' are students of Judy Sasser at Oak Ridge High School. Katie is a junior. Ben and Daniel are both seniors.
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