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2005 Faulkner Wisdom Competition Winners

Novel: Judged by Bret Lott

Because a Fire was in My Head
by Lynn Stegner, Santa Fe, NM
Lynn Stegner has written four novels, Undertow and Fata Morgana, both nominated for the National Book Award, Pipers at the Gates of Dawn, which was awarded the Faulkner Society's Gold Medal for Best Novella, and most recently, Because a Fire Was in My Head (Faulkner Award for best novel 2005). She has also written short stories, poems, and nonfiction essays and articles. Among others, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Western States Arts Council, as well as a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland. Ms. Stegner has taught fiction writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the University of Vermont, the National University of Ireland, Galway, College of Santa Fe, and she currently directs the Santa Fe Writers' Workshop. At work on a collection of short stories entitled The Anarchic Hand, she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, the writer Page Stegner, and her daughter, Allison.

FIRST RUNNER-UP: Blue Hole by Sarah Stark Doyle, Santa Fe, NM
SECOND RUNNER-UP: The Sign for Drowning by Rachel Stolzman, New York, NY

The Amazing Morton by Brian Rogers, Salinas, CA
The Widow's Season by Laura Brodie, Lexington, VA

Bang The Last Nail In
by Amanda Bull, Fairfield, OH
Headaches by Chielozona Eze, Los Angeles, CA
Floorwork by Dylan Landis, Santa Monica, CA
Jane The Magnificent by Michele Ivy Davis, Palm Harbor, FL
Like a Stranger on Native Soil by Ross Pinsky, Haifa, Israel
Miles Christi by Tim Osner, Portsmouth, NH
Silent Storm by Ida Lambert, St. Louis, MO
Taming Judith by Mark Wiederanders, Carmichael; CA
The Final Effort of the Archer by Michael Pritchett, Overland Park, KS
The Last Harvest by Sheila Mulligan Koster, Valencia, CA
The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli, Tustin, CA
The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen, Mandeville, LA
The Pilgrim Glass by Julie Rose, Santa Clara, CA

Novella: Judged by Moira Crone

WINNER: Maidenhill Grange by Michael Dahlie, Brooklyn, NY
Michael Dahlie has had short stories in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and Mississippi Review. He lives in New York City.

FIRST RUNNER-UP: Down at the Egyptian Room by Michael Pritchett, Kansas City, MO
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Sparrows by Robin Beeman, Occidental, CA
THIRD RUNNER-UP: A Yard Full of Robins by Nuke DeLoach, Lexington, SC

Another Life
by Twyla Harrington, Willis, TX
At the Temple Gate by Rachel Stolzman, Brooklyn, NC
Coming to Kalapana by JoAllen Bradham, Marietta, GA
Heart on a Wire by Cary Holladay, Memphis, TN
No More Ghost Stories by Kate Betterton, Chapel Hill, NC
Picture This by Carol Morrison, Tampa, FL
Raging Seas by George C. Daughan, Passe-A-Grille, FL
Snapdragon Nightmares by James Donaldson, Summerville, SC
Someone Drowning by Maureen Sherbondy, Raleigh, NC
So Much Better by Terry Griffith, Chicago, IL
The Buford Collier Legend by Twister Marquiss, San Marcos, TX
The Green Giant Harvests By Moonlight by Ed Skoog, Palm Beach, CA
The Hobbyist by John Bullock, Athens, OH
The Nuns on the Roof of St. Peter's by Emily Meier

Novel-in-Progress: Judged by Michael Malone

WINNER: The Widow's Season by Laura Brodie, Lexington, VA
Laura Brodie grew up in Raleigh, NC and now lives in Lexington, VA withher husband and three daughters.She has a BA from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She teaches English and AmericanLiterature at Washington and Lee University. Her first book, BreakingOut: VMI and the Coming of Women, was published by Pantheon andVintage, and covers the transition to coeducation at the Virginia Military Institute. After home-schooling her fifth grade daughter for oneyear, she is currently writing about their ups and downs. Her goal is to produce a book that is part mother-daughter memoir, part educationalodyssey, which talks about using home-schooling sabbaticals for kids to supplement the public school curriculum.

FIRST RUNNER-UP: Giacometti Glasses by Eli Epstein-Deutsch & David Rice, Northampton, MA
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Cooking Lessons by Tena L. Russ, Riverwoods, IL
THIRD RUNNER-UP: The Housekeeper by Jennifer Vacciano, Denver, CO

Evangeline: A Tale of Love
by Jon Kemp, New Orleans, LA
Fakir, Rogue, Thief by Dana Sheehan, Aurora, CO
Girls Wearing White Gloves by Katherine Easer, Cypress, CA
Grand Finale by James Arturo Pounds, Austin, TX
Looking for Shelter by Monica Arlene Gold, Massapequa, NY
Push Play by Joyce Miller, Cincinnati, OH
Sandpiper Key by Jacob Appel, New York, NY
September by Ben Bowie, Lafayette, LA
The Fifth Season by Linda Busby Parker, Mobile, AL
The Glory Hole by Anne Elliott, Brooklyn, NY
The Neutral Ground by David Bock, Marrero, LA
The Password by Kiki Denis, New York, NY
The Perfect Journey by George Wen, New York, NY
Victory's Pain by George C. Daughan, Pass-A-Grille, FL
Ways of Seeing by Lee Reilly, Chicago, IL
Welcome to My Lucky Life by Geoff Schutt, Chicago, IL

Short Story: Judged by Tom Franklin

WINNER: The History of the World by Robin Black, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Robin Black's fiction has appeared in numerous publications including the Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Colorado Review, Bellevue Literary Review and Southern Review. A MacDowell Colony Fellow and recipient of a Leeway Foundation Emerging Artist Grant, she has twice received Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize Volume. Robin is a 2005 graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and lives with her husband and three children in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

FIRST RUNNER-UP: Mater Amabilis by Yvonne Harrison Solow
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Found by Joyce Miller, Cincinnati, OH
THIRD RUNNER-UP: A Thousand Dances by Naomi Benaron, Tucson, AZ

Accomplice by Patricia Stiles, Venice, CA
Ad Astra Per Aspera by Ed Skoog, Palm Beach, CA
Birth by Jennifer Moses, Baton Rouge, LA
Blackberry Pie by Reine Dugas Bouton, Metairie, LA
Chicken by Lynn Pruett, Oxford, MS
Delacroix by Dylan Landis, Santa Monica, CA
Horse Graveyards by Megan Williams, Santa Clara, CA
Horst Wenckhaus Takes the Next Step by Terrence O'Keeffe, Pearl River, NY
Living Expenses by Julie Chagi, Scotts Valley, CA
Occupied Territory by Amanda Briggs
Red Rover, Red Rover, Let Johnny Come Over by Joyce Blaylock, Nashiville, TN
Saved by Bob Sloan, Morehead, KY
Saving the Dummy by Regina La Barre, New York, NY
Subtitled by N. M. Kelby, Sarasota, FL
Spiderman Summer by Laura Brodie, Lexington, VA
Taller by John Bullock, Athens, OH
The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Boris by Catherine King, Tampa, FL
The Enemy by Jo LeCoeur, San Antonio, TX
The Infinitieth Monkey by Eden Robins, Washington, DC
The Last Mule in Sunrise by Buck Rish, Chocowinity, NC
Three Wild Monkeys in Paradise by Becky Browder, Jacksonville, AL
Wild Onions by Eunice Beavers, Princeton, KY

Essay: Judged by Jack Davis

WINNER: Premature Archeology by Carlos Cunha, West Hartford, CT
Carlos Cunha was born in the Azores and raised in South Africa. He became a fulltime journalist at 18 and has plied that trade since. In South Africa he worked for the Eastern Province Herald and the magazines Bona, Africa Today, and Scope; in the United States, for The Standard-Times of New Bedford and CNN.Com. He is now a copy editor at the Hartford Courant. His fiction was published in DoubleTake magazine and he is a past essay finalist in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing contest. In the 2006 Competition, Cunha, whose work is described by various preliminary round judges as clean, crisp, no nonsense, "plain good writing", is a finalist in three categories: novel, novella, and short story.

FIRST RUNNER-UP: Volvo Trash by Katy Read, Minneapolis, MN
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Nowhere, UK by Jane Satterfield, Baltimore, MD

Apple Pie: Tasting America by Bharti Kirchner, Seattle, WA
Black Like Me, Katheryn Krotzer Laborde, River Ridge, LA
Brazilian Bikinis by Andrea Young, New Orleans, LA
Connect by Pepper Sessum, Old Jefferson, LA
Dream Maker by Garry Wallace, Powell, WY
Love Means Nothing by Ethel Morgan Smith
Mohammed and the Park Bench by Pat Gallant, New York, NY
On Sitting by Anthony M. DiLeo, New Orleans, LA
She Loves Me Not by Jacob Appel, New York, NY
The Black Widow by Pat Gallant, New York, NY
The Cat in Mercator by Marilyn Moriarty, Roanoke, VA
The Other Side of Sexual Harrassment by Ronald Wade, Rockwall, TX
Use Your Head by Garry Wallace, Powell, WY
My Father's Music by Ned Balbo, Baltimore, MD
Walking Backwards in Takamatsu by Linda Lancione Moyer, Berkeley, CA

Poetry: Judged by Katie Ford

WINNER: Grand Isle is Sinking by Ed Skoog, Palm Springs, CA
Ed Skoog is a poet living and teaching near Palm Springs in southern California, after many years in New Orleans. In New Orleans, he was a member of the creative writing teaching team at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Riverfront. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, The New Republic, The New Orleans Review, Mississippi Review, and other literary magazines. He has been a scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers conferences, and a finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Award. He is a contributor to Intersections, the Press Street collection of New Orleans Writing and Art.

FIRST RUNNER-UP: Alewife by Irene Mosvold, Louisville, KY
RUNNERS-UP: (with no ranking by Judge)
After Images by Gail Waldstein, Denver, CO
John Donne on His Deathbed by Nadine Meyer, Columbus, MO
The Market where Blankets Bend by Emily Lupita Plum, Lovilla, IA

Aliferous by Anthony M. DiLeo, New Orleans, La
Antiquarian by Irene Mosvold, Louisville, KY
Blowing Bubbles by Daniel J. Held, Ruckersville, VA
Captive by Junie Rabin, Pembroke Pines, FL
Fred by Pat Gallant, New York, NY
Heart Poem by Jennifer Clement, Colonio El Toro, Mexico
I Never Thought About Being Short by Elaine Dallman, San Francisco, CA
Martyr by Sonja Bloetner, Berwyn Heights, MD
Mary of the Moon by Margaret Boothe Baddour, Goldsboro, NC
Ode to an Artichoke by Fletcher Wood, Nashville, TN
Old Times by Kiki Denis, New York, NY
Post Surgery Doctor by Robin J. Arcus, Durham, NC
Run Sheep, Run by N. Colwell Snell, Salt Lake City, UT
The Green Dress by Susan Lewis of Cantonment, FL
The Old Tree is Dying by M. L. Dunser, Columbus, MS
The Seven Heavenly Virtues by William H. Roetzheim

High School Short Story: Judged by Josh Emmons

WINNER: Crystal by Chanel Clarke, New Orleans, LA
Chanel Clarke, born in New Orleans in 1987, is the daughter of Veronica Norris and Frank Norris, III. She graduated from Benjamin Franklin Senior High School in 2005 and also received a Certificate of Artistry in Creative Writing from New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Riverfront, in 2005. This summer she worked at Opequon Quaker Camp in Virginia and will begin her sophomore year at Amherst College shortly. She hopes to continue writing and is considering pursuing an MFA in creative writing.. She has not yet decided on a specific career but hopes either to teach or administer a non-profit organization with an educational mission.

FIRST RUNNER-UP: Things Past by Taylor Murrow, New Orleans, LA
SECOND RUNNER-UP: Lost in Space by Laura Zax, Washington, DC
THIRD RUNNER-UP: Always by Kelsey Donohue Malatesta, Orefield, PA

Chapter 27 of Deepak Khandpur's Guarding Theresa
Mother Theresa's Face by Uma Nagendra, New Orleans, LA
Composition by Amy Arthur, Mandeville, LA
Dog Food by Blake B. Whalen-Encalarde, New Orleans, LA
Evergreen by Anya Work, New Orleans, LA
Germ: A Journal by Ben Luton, Covington, LA
Horizons by Joanna Rotondo-McCord, Mandeville, LA
I Once Walked in the Woods, Searching for Grandfather by Justin McMinn, Fort Morgan, CO
Of Love and Jazz by Haydn Fogel, Chinn Valley, AZ
Quasar by Daiquiri Rene Jones, New Orleans, LA
Saturday Morning by Braden Gidyett, Falmouth, MA
The Defeat of Leviathan by Christine R. Wilson, Fairbanks, AK
The Grave Keeper by Jennifer Christie, Carbondale, IL
The Remembrance of Meteors by Sophie Huber, Bethesda, MD
The Retakes by Gail McWilliams, New Orleans, LA
Where Do Broken Hearts Go by Willie T. Montgomery, Jr., Accokeek, MD

About Our 2005 Judges!

Bret Lott is author of Jewel, selected by Oprah, and other novels, essarys, and short fiction. Just released is his collection of short fiction: The Difference Between Women and Men. In a highly competive search, Lousiana State University selected Lott to revamp and edit the important literary journal created years ago by Robert Penn Warren, The Southern Review. He teaches creative writing at LSU. Previously, he taught creative writing at The College of Charleston, where he revamped that institution's literary journal, Crazy Horse. Bret will be on sabbatical this fall, teaching in Israel.

Moira Crone is author of three novels, a collection of short fiction entitled Dream State, and the winning novella in last year's competition, The Ice Garden, which as since been accepted for publication and will be out shortly. Her new collection of short fiction, What Gets Into Us, has been widely praised by such excellent writers as Doris Betts, who had this to say in her review: Fayton, N.C., has here its own Sherwood Anderson as Crone interweaves fourdecades of a town's dreams and secret sorrows. Her skill at plot and suspense so magnify each story that together they interlock and become a complex and satisfying novel. It's like watching a magician pull from a hat a giant, astonishing rabbit who fills the stage while discussing reality and beauty in rich, literary language. All the parts of these fictions are wonderful, but their sum is a spellbinding whole. Ms. Crone helped create and directed the MFA program at LSU for some years. She still teaches creative writing at LSU and at such important institutions as The University of Prague. Currently, she devotes more of her time to her own writing.

Michael Malone is author of numerous successful novels, including the rollickingly funny, Handling Sin, a grits and gravy, bestselling retelling of Don Quixote. Malone is also an extremely successful writer and consultant for daytime television, including the long-running Soap Opera, One Life to Live. Malone, who was graduated from and has a Ph.D. from Harvard University, divides his time between a home in Connecticut and his plantation residence, Burnside, in Hillsboro, near Chapel Hill, NC.

Tom Franklin is winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Prize and the Phillip Roth Prize and Chair and other prizes for his collection of short fiction, Poachers. Franklin, who also was Tennessee Williams Fellow at Sewanee for a year as well as a Guggenheim Fellow, holds the John and Renee Grisham Chair of Creative Writing at Oxford, MS, where he lives with his wife, well known poet Beth Ann Fennelly. He is author of the novel, Hell at the Breech, which received widespread critical acclaim. His new novel, just released similarly is receiving advance praise from the critics.

Jack Davis is Vice President of the Tribune Corporation and Publisher of The Hartford Courant, one of the most important and successful daily newspapers in the northeast and the oldest newspaper in America. He is vice president of the Tribune Publishing Corporation and previous assignments with the Tribune Corporation have included publisher of the Newport News paper, and Pulitzer Prize news editor of The Chicago Tribune. Davis, before he joined the Tribune group, founded the New Orleans alternative newspaper, Figaro, and was news editor of The States-Item, since merged with The Times-Picayune. Some years ago, Davis judged the Society's essay category and selected Barbara Robinette Moss's essay, encouraged her to expand it to a full length memoir, Change Me Into Zeus's daughter, and assisted her in finding a publisher. The book received widespread national media attention. Her second book, Fierce, was released last year.

Katie Ford, who teaches creative writing at Loyola University, is the author of the poetry collection, Deposition, published by Graywolf, and her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Partisan Review, Seneca Review, and Poets & Writers. Recently, her poem Colosseum received full page cover treatment in The American Poetry Review.

Josh Emmons is the author of the new novel, The Loss of Leon Mead, which was released by Scribner's in the Spring and already is being translated for German, Israeli, and Dutch audiences, in the wake of many exceptionally favorable reviews in literary and publishing journals, including Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Currently, he is writing full time. Previously, he was Writer in Residence at Loyola University, studied at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and won such prestigious honors as The James A. Michener Award for first fiction. His critical reviews, essays, and short fiction have appeared in a variety of journals.

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