Porter Fleming Literary Competition - Organized by the Morris Museum of Art
Edward Rice, <em>Birdhouse</em>, 1996. Lithograph in three colors on arches paper. Gift of the artist.
Edward Rice, Birdhouse, 1996. Lithograph in three colors on arches paper. Gift of the artist.

The 2017 Porter Fleming Literary Competition Award Winners 

Fiction

  • 1st Place: Jon Tuttle, Florence, SC, Letter from Effingham Jail
  • 2nd Place: Walton Lacher, Aiken, SC, Mary Lou
  • 3rd Place: Heather Adams, Raleigh, NC, The Things That Survive

Honorable Mention: Elena Wood, Hixon, TN, Good Boy

Judge: Matthew Neill Null is a novelist and short story writer. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a winner of the O. Henry Award, the Mary McCarthy Prize, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is currently in residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Non-Fiction

  • 1st Place: Thomas McConnell, Spartanburg, SC, I Have Seen My Death  
  • 2nd Place: Roberta George, Valdosta, GA, Remembering Albee 
  • 3rd Place: Timothy Brown, Spartanburg, SC, Long, Free-Throw Shooter   

Judge: Barry Yeoman is an award-winning journalist and radio documentarian who has taught at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and Center for Documentary Studies. During the summer, he teaches at the Duke Young Writers’ Camp. 

Plays

  • 1st Place:  Chris Garcia, Martinez, GA, Petrichor
  • 2 nd Place: Chris Garcia, Martinez, GA, Fidelis
  • 3rd Place:  Abby Spasser, Atlanta, GA, Screws

Judge: Ellen Hemphill, an award-winning poet and playwright, is an Associate Professor in the Theater Studies Department at Duke University. She is also Artistic Director of the professional theater company Archipelago in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

Poetry

  • 1st Place: Linda Hardy, Augusta, GA, 21st Street tavern
  • 2nd Place: Heather Allen, Columbia, SC, Downing
  • 3rd Place: Barbara Zmijewski, Augusta, GA, War’s Over Now  

Honorable Mention: Martin Settle, Charlotte, NC, Birds of Late Autumn

Honorable Mention: Laura Packard, Beaufort, SC, Cellular Romance

Judge: Ellen Hemphill, an award-winning poet and playwright, is an Associate Professor in the Theater Studies Department at Duke University. She is also Artistic Director of the professional theater company Archipelago in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.