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 2019 Porter Fleming Literary Competition Award Winners 


  • 1st Place: Pastor Polar, by Frank Honeycutt, Walhalla, South Carolina
  • 2nd Place: Elsie 'Peaches' Boulware, Age 69, by Jon Tuttle, Florence, South Carolina
  • 3rd Place: Summertime by William Phillips, Jr., Augusta, Georgia.

Honorable Mention: Surely Not by Alexander Lee, Nashville, Tennessee

Judge: Matthew Neill Null is a novelist (Honey from the Lion) and short story writer. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he is a winner of the O. Henry Award, the Mary McCarthy Prize, and the Joseph Brodksy Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. After a two-year residency at the American Academy in Rome, he is on the English Department faculty at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.


  • 1st Place: An Artist’s Manifesto: A Conversation with Myself, by Marina Brown, Tallahassee, FL  
  • 2nd Place: Vagabonding with the Parents in a Landlocked Sailboat, by Timothy Brown, Spartanburg, South Carolina 
  • 3rd Place: Learning to See, by Frances Pearce, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina  

Judge: Barry Yeoman is an award-winning journalist and radio documentarian who lives in Durham, North Carolina. Besides doing his own journalism, Barry currently teaches magazine writing to undergraduates at Wake Forest University and narrative non-fiction writing to adults at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. He works with the non-profit Images & Voices of Hope to coach media professionals who are telling stories of community resilience.


  • 1st Place: Riding the Dog, byChris Garcia, Martinez, Georgia
  • 2 nd Place: Love, Death and Selfies, Chris Garcia, Martinez Georgia
  • 3rd Place: Two Assholes and an Elephant, By Rick Davis, Augusta, Georgia

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


  • 1st Place: Umbrella, by Eric Nelson, Asheville, North Carolina
  • 2nd Place: Earth As It Is, by Eric Nelson, Asheville, North Carolina
  • 3rd Place: Wishbone, by Edward Wilson, Augusta, Georgia

Honorable Mentions:

• January From the Window at Sunset, Edward Wilson, Augusta, Georgia
• Some Angels, by Edward Wilson, Augusta, Georgia
• Money Well Spent, by Edward Wilson, Augusta, Georgia
• Me and the Moon, by Edward Wilson, Augusta, Georgia
• 29 December, by Edward Wilson, Augusta, Georgia
• Mr. Potato, by Edward Wilson, Augusta, Georgia
• Once We Had A Daughter, by Dannye Powell, Charlotte, North Carolina
• Call and Response, by Pat Keller, Hawkinsville, Georgia
• Columbia to Pawleys, After the Hurricane, by Dale Bailes, Pawleys Island, South Carolina
• Human Resources, by Jo Angela Edwins, Florence, South Carolina
• Cardboard Box, by James Hill, Aiken, South Carolina
• Our Hands Were Once Webbed, by Valerie Nieman, Greensboro, North Carolina
• Late Shift, by Valerie Nieman, Greensboro, North Carolina
• The Bridal Couple, by Gloria Greenbaum, Augusta, Georgia
• The Dove, by Joseph Kitchens, Jasper, Georgia
• War Stories from the Other Side, by Roberta George, Valdosta, Georgia

Judge Alan Shapiro, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a distinguished American poet. He is the author of thirteen collections of poetry, including Tantalus in LoveSong and Dance, and Dead Alive and Busy, as well as two memoirs, Vigil and The Last Happy Occasion.