Northeast State’s award-winning student literary publication Echoes and Images has announced winners of the annual competition. Student entries were submitted 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, Patrick B. Cooley won first place for his work On Church Street. Chelsea Temple earned second place for The Fun Ones. Kevin Matthew Bennett took third place with Forlorn Stranger. Honorable mention went to Kristi C. Fitzgerald for Sterling Muse.
In the Non-fiction category, June 22, 2015: Inmate Intake by Wesley Payer took the first-place award. Second place went to The Boy in the Green Jacket by Patrick B. Cooley and For This Child We Have Prayed by Kayla Mullins won third place. Honorable mention notices went to Bonnaroo “Fun” Run by Daniel Radle and Ice Cream Will Never Taste the Same by Delaney Dunne.
Cooley also took first-place and second-place awards in the Poetry category for his poems On the Porch, in the Summer and Marmalade. Kevin Carrier won third place for his poem Drawing in a Breath from the Sky. Honorable mention notices went to these contributing poets: Thought to Thought and Toxic Marbles by K.C. Fitzgerald; To Be Me by Rachel Starnes; Smoke by Kevin Carrier; Busboy by Cooley; and Wesscourt Lane by Shelby Minogue.
Finalists judged in the Poetry category were: Cheston Axton for Another Day For Mary Shelley; Kevin Carrier for City of the Timberwolves; Shianne S. Milbourn for Washington County Animal Shelter and Tweetsie Trail; Matthew Bennett for Consumerism Museum; and Madison G. Phillips for Unlovable.
In the Visual Art category, Brad Simon won first place with Metamorphosis, a mixed media piece on paper, and second place with Bound Skull, a charcoal on paper rendering. Kayla Miller took third place with her mixed media work Split Tessellation. Honorable mention notices went to Allison Smith for Benny and Emily Overbey’s work Rainbow Connection.
Other art noted for distinction by the judges were: Emily Overbey for Angelic Shadows, charcoal on paper; Shayna Richardson for What Lies in the Dark, charcoal on paper; Hannah McClain for Emotions, mixed media on paper; Tiffany Washburn for The Skull, charcoal on paper; Jenna Jacobs for Alexithymia, acrylic on canvas; Erica Birchfield for Symphony of Ravens, mixed media on paper; and Allison Smith for Fairy Tree, mixed media on paper.
First-, second-, and third-place award winners in all categories will be published this spring in Echoes and Images. Other winning entries will be published as space permits. Past Echoes and Images student contestant winners have won regional awards for their work Southern division of the Community College Humanities Association’s Literary Magazine Competition.
A selection of visual art submissions will be on display and writers will be reading their works at the Echoes & Images Exhibition scheduled April 12 at 6:00 p.m in L106 of Basler Library.