The Morris Museum of Art has announced the winners of the 2013 Porter Fleming Literary Competition:
Fiction: Judge, Cecelia Tichi, author and William R. Kenan, Professor of English, Vanderbilt University
1st Place: Susan Levi Wallach, Columbia, SC, Another Day for the Monkeys
2nd Place: Gregg Cusick, Durham, NC, Hidden Ball Trick
3rd Place: Gilbert Allen, Travelers Rest, SC, The Eye of the Needle
Honorable Mention: Donna Wissinger, Orange Park, FL, The Crossing; Rebecca Dickinson, Fort Mill, SC, Left to Rust; Curtis Derrick, Columbia, SC, Lucky Gal; Warren Slesinger, Beaufort, SC, Too Much String.
Non-Fiction: Judge, John Bridges, author/editor
1st Place: Forrest Daniels, Palm Beach, FL, Today’s Developing World
2nd Place: Thomas McConnell, Spartenburg, SC, A Return to the Living
3rd Place: Karl Fornes, Aiken, SC, Lake Effect
Honorable Mention: Beth Grotteland, Greenville, SC, Digging Holes in the Sand; Gaynell Gavin, Columbia, SC, I Don’t Do Taxes Anymore; Cathy Sabol, Aiken, SC, Going Home.
Plays: Judge, Allan Gurganus, author
1st Place: David Muschell, Milledgeville, GA, Scamming
2 nd Place: Lynn Sadler, Pittsboro, NC, The Last Time I Talked with my Mother, Sane
3rd Place: Jonathan Cook, Martinez, GA, Reflections
Poetry: Judge, Molly Brodak, author and writer in residence, Emory University
1st Place: Eric Nelson, Statesboro, GA, Professor Cook
2nd Place: Edward Wilson, Augusta, GA, Kite
3rd Place: Barbara Hagerty, Charleston, SC, The Umbrella Speaks
Honorable Mention: Mark Brewin, Jr., Mebane, NC, Tijuana Bible; Susan Levi Wallach, Columbia, SC, Epsilon; Libby Bernardin, Georgetown, SC, This from the Sea; Lindsey Reiniger, Edgefield, SC, Impresssions.
Awards Ceremony, Sunday, October 6, 11:00 a.m.
The Morris Museum of Art is hosting a brunch to honor the 2013 Porter Fleming Literary Competition award winners. First-place winners will read from their entries. (Morris Museum members, $10; non-members, $15; winners, free.) Seating is limited: RSVP to 706-828-3800.
The annual Awards Ceremony is a highlight of Augusta’s annual Westobou Festival, a celebration of the arts held from October 2 through October 6. Other related literary events during the festival include the Starkey Flythe Celebration and an evening with famed humorist, Roy Blount, Jr., a regular contributor to Garden & Gun and panelist on NPR’s weekly news quiz, “Wait, Wait! Don’t Tell Me!” For details and tickets, visit www.westoboufestival.com.
The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, recognizing talented writers who reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, was established in 1993 by Shirley Fleming to honor her late father, noted author and artist Berry Fleming. Funded by the Porter Fleming Foundation, which is administered by the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County, the competition is organized and directed by the MorrisMuseum of Art. The Porter Fleming Foundation was established by Berry Fleming in 1963 as a memorial to his father, Porter Fleming, a prominent Augustan and one of the city’s leading philanthropists.