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Prose Categories


Short Story

59 entries

Judge: Lisa Hefner Heitz has been a freelance writer since 1982 with numerous magazine articles published in regional and national general interest and business publications. She collected and adapted 60 Kansas ghost legends for the book, Haunted Kansas: Ghost Stories and Other Eerie Tales, published in 1997 by University Press of Kansas. Lisa maintains an active speaking schedule around the state talking to school, community and professional groups about her book and Kansas folklore, ghostlore, and legend. Lisa is a graduate of Washburn University and the Deparment of American Studies at the University of Kansas. She lives in Topeka with husband, Mark Heitz, and three golden retrievers.

1

James D. Wright

The Sharpshooter

D5

BelAire

2

Naomi B. Patterson

Writing the Romance Novel

D1

Topeka

3

Mary-Lane Kamberg

The Elephant's Whiskers

D2

Olathe

HM

James D. Wright

The Calf

D5

BelAire

HM

James D. Wright

Demolition

D5

BelAire


Feature Article

35 entries

Judge: Melissa McLoughlin has a B.S. in Mass Communications from St. Mary of the Plains College. She is a regular contributor to the Wine Wednesday Chronicles and the Assistant Editor of the Lyons Daily News. Melissa enjoys reading, photography, catching a ride on the treadmill, and hanging out with her husband, Scott, and three children in Lyons, Kansas.
   Shane Schneider
has a social science degree from Kansas State University. He is the editor of the Lyons Daily News and writes a weekly column titled, "On the Schneid." Shane enjoys reading, hanging out with his family, and playing cards.

1

Brenton Phillips

Canned Kansas

NM

Concordia

2

Mary-Lane Kamberg

What you Should Know About Hospice

D2

Olathe

3

Janice L. Levering

The Family Farm

D1

Topeka

HM

Ursula Turner

Legionville

D3

Coffeyville

HM

Mary-Lane Kamberg

Brockway Mills: Retrofitting a Small Hydro Project

D2

Olathe


Memoir

80 entries

Judge: Paul Fecteau teaches in the English Department at Washburn University where he also serves as a board member for Woodley Press and a fellow of the Center for Kansas Studies. His fiction has appeared often in the small presses, and he is currently at work on a nonfiction novel about a famous Kansas murder case. Paul can be found online at www.darkprairie.com/

1

Conrad Jestmore

Kodak Black and White

D5

Wichita

2

Lora K. Reiter

The Flint Hills

NM

Ottawa

3

Marshall Clark

The Christmas Hero

D1

Topeka

HM

David A. Hartmann

Ba-bang, ba-da-bang, ba-da-bang-bang

NM

Ottawa

HM

Ann Fowler

The Single Woman

D5

Wichita


Inspiration

29 entries

Judge: Vicky Miller, a graduate of Kansas State University, is a Parent Educator for the Satanta School District. She and her sister, Deborah Raney, have co-authored two books; Children's Sermons to Go and More Children's Sermons to Go (Abingdon Press 1998 & 2001). Vicky and her husband, Reverend Jeff Miller, have two children, Samantha and Wesley.
  
Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, was the inspiration for World Wide Pictures' highly acclaimed film of the same title. Deborah has won numerous awards for her books, including the 2002 RITA award for Beneath a Southern Sky (WaterBrook Press/Random House 2002). Her newest release is A Nest of Sparrows (WaterBrook 2004). Deb and her husband, Ken, have four children and make their home near Wichita, Kansas. Visit Deborah's web site at www.deborahraney.com

1

Linda Hamilton

Autumn Reckoning

NM

Halstead

2

Barbara Brady

Grandma, Let's Go Fishing

D1

Topeka

3

Doris Schroeder

Life in Living Color

D6

Hutchinson

HM

Barbara Brady

Thanks, Larry

D1

Topeka

HM

Frankie Roland

When Chris Came to Fourth Grade

D3

Coffeyville


Story for Children

40 entries

Judge: Janean Nusz is a freelance writer, graphic designer, and instructor. She writes under three different pennames in the genres of children's fiction, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and young adult. She has published six books and more than 50 articles, reviews and essays. When she's not writing, illustrating, or working with a computer, Janean dabbles in photography and outdoor recreation. She teaches adult education classes on the subjects of computers and digital technology, reads piles of books, and enjoys spending time with her family in Hutchinson, Kansas. You can find Janean on the web at www.authorsart.com.

1

Joann Williams

William Eli Cox, The Old Prospector

D2

Princeton

2

Margaret Shauers

Frog in My Pocket

D6

Great Bend

3

Anne McCourtie

Sarah's Gift

D1

Mayetta

HM

Anne Mart

Turnabout

D6

Hutchinson

HM

Sarah Anderson

The Cats of Lilac Island Lighthouse

NM

Topeka


Write About a Kansas Author

11 entries

Judge: Lizanne Minerva Franklin teaches writing and literature at Pittsburg State University. She earned an MFA at Indiana University and a PhD in English at Florida State. Her short fiction has appeared in Hayden's Ferry Review, Puerto del Sol, Beloit Fiction Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, and other literary magazines. Lizanne is currently working on a novel.

1

Barbara Brady

Thomas Fox Averill

D1

Topeka

2

Barbara Lerma

Robert Lawson, Mishima Apologist

D1

Overbrook

3

Helen Odgers Davis

William Inge (1913-1973)

D4

Manhattan

HM

Roxie Olmstead

Ima Washout

D5

Augusta

HM

Robert Lawson

Animal Sacrifice in the 'Early' Fiction of Tom Averill

D1

Topeka


First Five Pages of a Book

24 entries

Judge: Barbara Stewart was born and raised in Schenectady, NY. She moved to Wichita, KS, in 1996 and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University in 1999. Barbara was recently awarded a Kansas Arts Commission fellowship, and her short stories have been published in a variety of literary journals including The North American Review, Fugue, and Yemassee. She has completed a novel, Walking After Midnight, and Corroded, a collection of short stories. Barbara is currently working on a second novel.

1

Colleen Kelly Johnston

The Judas Goat

D5

Wichita

2

Sam Pierson

The Longest Night (A True Story)

D2

Lebo

3

Mary Lou Stein

Harboring the Enemy

D1

Topeka

HM

Lori Stratton

Listening to Silence

D4

Wamego

HM

Christie Breault

Fade to Black

D5

Benton


Prose Theme Contest
(25 entries)

Judge: Amy Sage Webb teaches creative writing, literature, and film at Emporia State University. Her fiction appears recently in Red Rock Review and Eclipse. She is the recipient of a research and creativity grant for the completion of her first book of short fiction. Amy received her MFA from Arizona State University. You can find Amy on the web at Flint Hills Review www.emporia.edu/fhr/

1

Tom Parker

For All His Spite, White Had it Right

D4

Blue Rapids

2

Barbara Brady

Home

D1

Topeka

3

Beverly Lyons

Keeper of the Soil

D2

Fulton

HM

Barbara Booth

Write in Kansas

D4

Clay Center

HM

Roxie Olmstead

What's Write in Kansas

D5

Augusta

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Poetry Categories

Classic Forms

31 entries

Judge: Paula Ripple is in her 13th year of teaching English at Dodge City High School, the last four years in English 11 Honors and Senior Advanced Placement English. She's served on several school and district committees and was treasurer of Kansas Association of Teachers of English and has attended many English-related conferences, including Advanced Placement Summer Institutes in Massachusetts and New Mexico. She and her husband David, a veterinarian, have two children.

1

Colleen Kelly Johnston

The Tall Grass Prairie

D5

Wichita

2

Ted Farmer

The Flycatcher Ballet

D5

El Dorado

3

Naomi Patterson

Spring Dance

D1

Topeka

HM

Evie Green

Visiting Waxwings

D1

Topeka

HM

Ruth S. Stunz

Vespertine

D5

Wichita


Free Verse

104 entries

Judge: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D. is the author of three volumes of poetry, including Animals in the House, Lot's Wife, and the forthcoming, Reading the Body. Her poetry and prose has been published in over 50 literary journals and anthologies, and she facilitates writing workshops for many different populations. She coordinates the Transformative Language Art's master's program at Goddard College where she also teaches.

1

Lora K. Reiter

After the Blizzard

NM

Ottawa

2

Karen Sells Brown

If I Went There a Second Time

D1

Topeka

3

Barbara A. Curry

Accessible for Joy

D2

Lawrence

HM

Colleen Kelly Johnston

The Blue Plate Special

D5

Wichita

HM

Karen Sells Brown

Home Visitor

D1

Topeka


Rhymed Verse

84 entries

Judge: Stephen Meats has published one book of poetry, Looking for the Pale Eagle (Woodly Press, 1993). His poems have appeared recently in Prarie Poetry and Flint Hills Review, and others are forthcoming in Angel Face. He teaches literature and writing at Pittsburg State University, and has been poetry editor of the Midwest Quarterly since 1985.

1

Claude Lee

Pickin' At Fat

D1

Topeka

2

Naomi Patterson

Drear Sir and Drear Madam

D1

Topeka

3

William J. Karnowski

Sunday in Acapulco

NM

Wamego

HM

Ruth S. Stunz

The Beneficiaries

D5

Wichita

HM

Naomi Patterson

Medical Mystery

D1

Topeka


Narrative Verse

52 entries

Judge: Anita Salem has taught writing, in various forms, for more than forty years at Dodge City High School and Dodge City Community College. She has worked in the production of student newspapers, yearbooks, and creative writing booklets, as well as designing marketing materials for numerous local and national commercial enterprises and for political campaigns.

1

Grace Becker

The Cave of Sebastian

D5

Newton

2

Barbara Brady

Mama's Hands

D1

Topeka

3

Ruth S. Stunz

On A Kansas Trail

D5

Wichita

HM

Naomi Patterson

Consult

D1

Topeka

HM

Duane L. Herrmann

Home to Bayern

D1

Topeka


Light Verse

51 entries

Judge: Dan Spees received his B.A. in English from Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, in 1989 and his M.A. in English from Emporia State University in 1994. His M.F.A. in Creative Writing was earned at Wichita State University in 1996. Dan joined the faculty of Hutchinson Community College in 2001 and was appointed Pastor of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wellington, KS, in Sept. 2003. Dan lives in Hutchinson with his wife, Natasha Russell, and three of their five children.

1

Naomi Patterson

Apologist

D1

Topeka

2

Naomi Patterson

Turning Sixty-Five

D1

Topeka

3

Anne McCourtie

Midnight at the Corral

D1

Mayetta

HM

Conrad Jestmore

The Lady of Shallot

D5

Wichita

HM

Tony Whisenant

I Want a Big Fat Chicken

D7

Liberal


Japanese Forms

65 entries

Judge: Laura R. York has taught various college writing and communication classes for the past nine years. She is director of student media at Garden City Community College where she advises the campus newspaper and magazine. Laura also serves as secretary on College Media Advisers' national board of directors. She earned her bachelor's degree in mass communication from St. Mary of the Plains College. York's Ft. Hays State University master's degree curriculum was centered on communication. Her published works include poetry, short stories, and academic research articles.

1

Ann Fowler

Brutus

D5

Wichita

2

Diane Palka

Mortality

D2

Baldwin

3

Diane Palka

Migration

D2

Baldwin

HM

Barbara Booth

Cicada Trills

D4

Clay Center

HM

Linda Geffert

Heat Snakes Shinny on the Road

D1

Topeka


Song Lyrics

9 entries

Judge: Don Steel was born in Dodge City and grew up in Jetmore. He graduated from Wichita State University and taught music in Sydney, Australia. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia and taught in Pennsylvania. He worked at The Company, a small theater in Philadelphia; toured for Community Concerts; and served as musical director of teh Opryland show "I Hear America Singing" for three seasons. He founded the Boot Hill Repertory Company, a Dodge City community theater, in 1984 and has served as its director ever since. The Repertory Company recently completed an $11 million project to renovate Dodge City's 45,000 sq. ft. Santa Fe Depot (built in 1898) as a home for the company.

1

Naomi Patterson

The Bald Truth

D1

Topeka

2

Naomi Patterson

Ode to Ice Cream

D1

Topeka

3

Elizabeth Nichols

The Maiden's Lament

D1

Topeka

HM

G. Wayne Parks

That Old Ford Truck

NM

Lawrence

HM

Robert N. Lawson

Last Chance for a Loan

D1

Topeka


Poem About a Kansas Author

8 entries

Judge: Suzanne McKaig has been teaching high school English for 23 years in Kansas and Oklahoma. Currently she teaches English and Creative Writing at Maize High School in Maize, Kansas, where she also serves as department chair. She received her bachelors degree from Kansas State University and her masters from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Susan likes to travel, play the piano, and snow ski.

1

Nedra Rogers

Looking for Langston

NM

Lawrence

2

Barbara Brady

Thomas Fox Averill: Filled with Flavor

D1

Topeka

3

Conrad Jestmore

Of Cemeteries and Symmetries

D5

Wichita

HM

Robert N. Lawson

Premier Kansas Poet

D1

Topeka

HM

Evie Green

A Favorite Kansas Author

D1

Topeka


Poetry Theme Contest
(20 entries)

Judge: Nancy Vogel is professor emerita of English at Fort Hays State University. She is a contributor to the Robert Frost Encyclopedia and The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English, as well as the author of Robert Frost, Teacher. She is the editor of P.E.O. in Kansas: Our Centennial Heritage. Nancy is a fourth-generation Kansan and she grew up on the family farm in the home of the Dahlberg family in ABC-TV's "The Day After," otherwise known as Wilderwild. She was instrumental in moving Plymouth School, a rural stone schoolhouse, from Russell County to the campus of FHSU. She enjoys gardening, especially growing iris, and she is a member of the Topeka branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

1

Conrad Jestmore

High Plains Magic

D5

Wichita

2

Lori Stratton

Wamego

D4

Wamego

3

Conrad Jestmore

Write On Kansas

D5

Wichita

HM

Rachel Poling

Margrethe

NM

Newton

HM

Beverly Lyons

Looking Up

D2

Fulton



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