2016 Contest Winners

Overall, this year’s contest was exceptionally successful. We saw an overall increase in submissions this year from 112 entries last year to 139 entries this year. The Young Writers category saw tremendous interest this year up from six entries last year to 37 entries this year! We saw the next biggest increase of entries in the Poetry category from 22 entries last year to 42 this year.

We owe much of our success this year to our sponsors. Celtic Cat Publishing sponsored the prize in Short Fiction and Test Prep Experts sponsored two prizes in Young Writers. Thank you very much for their support of writers and the Knoxville Writers Guild Annual Contest.

The next contest kicks off March 31, 2017. Anyone interested in helping out with this Guild tradition should contact me at info@knoxvillewritersguild.org, or just find me at the next monthly meeting. If you are interested in judging one of the categories or sponsoring the contest, let me know that, too!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest!


Donna Kapa

Contest Chair




Novel Excerpt

Literary Short Fiction



Young Writers



Mark Dlugash

“The Fastest Girl in Red Hook”

Terry Wyatt

Eulogy for Great-Aunt Pearl”

Greer Fox

“Getting On, Getting By”

K.B. Ballentine

“Permanence Has Nothing to Do with Love”


1st Prize:

Sophia Foster “Revelations”

2nd Prize:

Justin New

“New Daddy”


 Kerwin Frix

Thoughts of Vandalism

Arthur Long


Victoria Griffin


Linda Hoagland


Ray Penn

Do Not Go Gently into That PE Class”

Ray Penn

“The Kiss”

Lea McMahon


JP Schuffman

For Us Who Overslept In the City of Six-Million”

Maggie Gordan


Jacob Hattaway

“Laundry Day”

Faithanne Palmer

“Awful Irony”


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