2016 Writing Contest Winners

Adult Essay Winners

 1st place: Anna Wess for For The Kings and Queens of Appalachia

2nd place: David Nicholas Rigel for A Grandmother’s Grace

3rd place: Richard Perreault for Sunshine and Smoke

Adult Short Story Winners

1st place: Richard Perreault for Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

2nd place: Anna Wess for Sittin’ With Granny

3rd place: Richard Perreault for Resurrection

Adult Poetry Winners

1st place: Gretchen McCroskey for “The Peace of Memory”

2nd place: Kermit R. Mullins for March Cries

3rd place: Cheryl Mays for Twilight Sonata

Youth Essay Winners

1st place: Kendra Woods for Reality

2nd place: Abigail Johnson for Tourist Attractions in the Appalachian Region

3rd place: Emily Holbrook for Why Prayer is Important

Youth Short Story Winners

1st place: Kendra Woods for How Much Can A Box Hold

2nd place: Dalton Parks for Goodnight Nathan

3rd place: Paige Smith for Harriet’s Letter-Perfect Day

Youth Poetry Winners

1st place: Abigail Jessee for Appalachian People

2nd place: Dalton Parks for A Father’s Son

3rd place: Kendra Woods for Through The Day, Every Day