High School Literary Arts Awards & Scholarship Competition

2010 Winners

WINNERS: 2010 LITERARY ARTS AWARDS

The Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts

The Alabama Writers’ Forum gratefully acknowledges and thanks
the 2010 High School Literary Arts Awards Judges

2010 JUDGES

CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSON: Anita Miller Garner, chair of the HSLAA since 1995, has taught fiction writing at the University of Alabama and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Alabama. Undeniable Truths, her collection of short fiction, was released in late 2009.

CREATIVE NONFICTION: Rheta Grimsley Johnson is an award-winning reporter and columnist for King Features Syndicate of New York. Johnson, who travels the country in search of stories, frequently reports from her native South with datelines from Washington, D.C. to Iuka, Mississippi. Her books include Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz, Poor Man's Provence: Finding Myself in Cajun Louisiana, and the recent Enchanted Evening Barbie and the Second Coming: A Memoir.

DRAMA: Katherine Breland, currently of Shiyan, Hubei, China, was a Teach for America Fellow, and she is a former HSLAA Portfolio Scholarship winner. She was the inaugural To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Contest Winner and holds a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Alabama, where she was a participant in the Blount Honors Program in English.

FICTION: Sena Jeter Naslund is the international best-selling author of Ahab’s Wife, or The Star-Gazer, Four Spirits, Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette, and other works. Naslund founded and directs the Spalding University Brief Residency M.F.A. Writing Program in Louisville, Kentucky, and she is also Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville.

POETRY: Susie Paul, Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Teaching Professor at Auburn University-Montgomery, currently teaches at Huntingdon College.

PORTFOLIO SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION: Kirk Curnutt, professor and chair of English at Troy University-Montgomery, is the author of 11 books, including the novels Dixie Noir and Breathing Out the Ghost.

LITERARY MAGAZINE: Jenny Gropp Hess is editor of The Black Warrior Review, the University of Alabama.

LITERARY ARTS AWARDS BY GENRE

First Place receives $150 and the judge’s book. Second and Third Place receive $75 and the judge’s book. Judge’s Special Recognition winners receive the judge’s book. Certificate winners receive a personalized certificate.

MARIE STOKES JEMISON CREATIVE NONFICTION AWARDS

First Place:
Peter Gray, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Second Place:
Amber Rainha, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School

Creative Nonfiction Judge's Special Recognition:
Maggie Schnell, student of Lewis Cobbs, Randolph School
Parker Leonard, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Vikash Naran, student of Lewis Cobbs, Randolph School
Raman Malik, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School
Jenny Wool, student of Scott Richburg, The Montgomery Academy

DRAMA

First Place:
Kelsey Greenwood, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Drama Judge’s Special Recognition:
Tegan R.D. Fuqua, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Peter Gray, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts

FICTION

First Place:
Abby Melton, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Second Place:
Emma Roberts, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Fiction Judge’s Special Recognition:
Tegan R.D. Fuqua, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Lin Wang, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Mary Sanders, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School

POETRY

First Place:
Lauren McClusky, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School

Second Place:
Caitlin Owsley, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Third Place:
Taylor Zimmerman, student of Foster Dickson, Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet School

Poetry Judge’s Special Recognition:
Amber Smith, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Anna Turkett, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Austin Hancock, student of Connie Nolen, Pelham High School
Tegan R.D. Fuqua, student of Brandy Panagos, Bob Jones High School
Jared O’Neal, student of Denise Trimm, Mountain Brook High School

Poetry Certificates of Recognition:
Name Withheld, student of Marlin Barton, Lurleen B. Wallace School
Name Withheld, student of Marlin Barton, Lurleen B. Wallace School
Name Withheld, student of Marlin Barton, Lurleen B. Wallace School
Julia Bach, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Peter Gray, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Parker Leonard, student of T.J. Beitelman, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Timothy Dunlap, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School
Name Withheld, student of Priscilla Cooper, Sequoyah School
Name Withheld, student of Priscilla Cooper, Sequoyah School
Stephanie Godwin, student of Chris Copeland, Vestavia Hills High School
Name Withheld, student of Tony Crunk, McNeel School
Christianna Arriaga, student of Becky Dobelstein, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School
Antoinette Forstall, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Danielle Hurd, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Abby Melton, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Tyler Pratt, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Emily Swanagin, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts
Mary Locker, student of Darlene Freemon, Florence High School
Casey Nichols, student of Connie Nolen, Pelham High School
Caitlin Brown, student of Naomi Pryor, Greenville High School
Jessica Mayberry, student of Naomi Pryor, Greenville High School
Laura Oliver, student of Iris Rinke-Hammer, Alabama School of Fine Arts

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS (seniors):
Award: $500 cash to use toward college of recipient's choice.

Maggie Schnell, student of Lewis Cobbs, Randolph School, winner of the Ruth & Jay Ott Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Peter Gray, student of T.J. Beitleman, Alabama School of Fine Arts, winner of the Mozelle Purvis Shirley Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Clay Greene, student of Stuart Flynn, Alabama School of Fine Arts, winner of the Lindsey Stricklin Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Audrey Orteza, student of Jon Carter, Briarwood Christian School, winner of the Alabama State Council on the Arts Senior Portfolio Scholarship

LITERARY MAGAZINE COMPETITION

Exceptional Literary Content:
Winner: Artisan (Briarwood Christian School)
Editors: Amanda Muir and Laura Foster, students of Jon Carter
$150 to the magazine

Exceptional Graphic Design and Layout of Literary Magazine:
Winner: Counterpane (Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School) Editors: Amanda Sockwell, Mariah Gibson, Engram Wilkinson, students of Becky Dobelstein $150 to the magazine

Best Overall Literary Content & Graphic Design:
Winner: Cadence (Alabama School of Fine Arts) Editors: Peter Gray & Abby Melton, student of Stuart Flynn $250 to the magazine