Northeast State’s award-winning student literary publication Echoes and Images announced winners of the annual competition. Student submissions were made during the fall semester in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, and Visual Arts. A panel of judges, who are experts in each category, selected first-, second, and third-place award winners earlier this semester.
In the Fiction category, Hunter Eaton earned the first-place award for his work Cardinals. Jessica Howington took second place for A Pen With a Pulse, and Ethan Lyle won third place with In Flight.
In the Non-fiction category, Makayla Adams took first place for Something Blue. The second-place award went to Megan Street for her work When the Rooster Crows. Anna Rosenbalm took third place for 19066-084. Honorable mention notices went to The Strongest Bond by Madeline Rash and Hate by Taylor Laughren.
For the Poetry category, Matthew Bennett claimed the first-place award for his poem Pondering at the Drive-Through. T.S. Griggs took the second-place award for Cars. The third-place award went to Hunter Eaton for his work Birds Beyond Buildings. Honorable mention notices went to these contributing poets: Abigail Hines for Ashes of an April Love Affair; Bennett for My Western and Homestead Ablaze; Chandler McCrary for Rhyming Depression; and Jessica Suarez for Sycamore Shoals.
In the Visual Art category, Brad Simon won first place with As above, so below, a color pencil and pastel work on black pastel paper. Emily Overbey earned second place with Off With Her Head, a mixed media on Bristol board work. Haley King received the third-place award for her work Earning My Collaging Patch, a collage on canvas.
Honorable mention notices went to Runzhou Zhu for Freedom, an India ink on drawing paperwork and Samantha Koniak for A Starry Night, an acrylic on canvas. Other art noted for distinction by the judges were: Jose Tavarez for Lucerne Swans, photograph; Taylore Bivens, Robin’s Nest, collage on illustration board; David Gonzalez, Tessellation, ink and color pencil on Bristol board; Shayna Richardson, Kaleidoscope, mixed media on Bristol board; Jenna Jacobs, Goya, graphite on drawing paper; Cassandra Parker, Midnight Magic, mixed media; and Brad Simon, Dead Lights, ink on Bristol board.
First-, second-, and third-place winners in all categories will be published this spring in Echoes and Images 27. Other winning entries will be published as space permits. A reading and art exhibition of this year’s winners is scheduled April 12 at 6:00 p.m., in L106 of Basler Library.