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The 2019 Porter Fleming Literary Competition Award Winners

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AUGUSTA, GA (APRIL 2, 2019)—The winners of the 2019 Porter Fleming Literary Competition have been announced by the Morris Museum of Art. They are:


First Place: Pastor Polar, by Frank Honeycutt, Walhalla, South Carolina

Second Place:Elsie ‘Peaches’ Boulware, Age 69,by Jon Tuttle, Florence, South Carolina

Third Place:Summertimeby William Phillips, Jr., Augusta, Georgia.

Honorable Mention:Surely Notby Alexander Lee, Nashville, Tennessee

Judge: Matthew Neil 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.

First Place: An Artist’s Manifesto: A Conversation with Myself, by Marina Brown, Tallahassee, FL

Second Place:Vagabonding with the Parents in a Landlocked Sailboat, by Timothy Brown, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Third Place:Learning to See, by Frances Pearce, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina

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. 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


First Place: Riding the Dog, byChris Garcia, Martinez, Georgia

Second Place: Love, Death and Selfies, Chris Garcia, Martinez Georgia

Third 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.


First Place: Umbrella, by Eric Nelson, Asheville, North Carolina

Second Place: Earth As It Is, by Eric Nelson, Asheville, North Carolina

Third 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, byPat 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 Boxes, 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.

Awards Ceremony—Sunday, April 7, 2:00 p.m.

An awards ceremony and reception honoring the 2019 Porter Fleming Literary Competition award winners at the Morris Museum of Art. First-place winners will read from their entries. Seating is limited: RSVP to 706-828-3800. This event is free and open to the public.

The Porter Fleming Literary Competition, recognizing talented writers who reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, 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 Morris Museum 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.