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Carson McCullers Literary Awards 

Carson McCullers Literary Award Winners

Columbus State University's Department of English is pleased to host the annual Carson McCullers Literary Awards for Georgia high school and CSU students. Awards are given in four categories:

• The Brick Road Greear Prize for Poetry

• The Paul Hackett Award for Creative Nonfiction

• The Orlene Jones Poulsen Award for Fiction

• The Naartjie Multimedia Award for Expository Writing.

Each category offers four awards (two for CSU students and two for Georgia high school students): First Place includes $150 and publication in Arden, CSU's award-winning literary journal; and Honorable Mention winners will receive $100. Entries are due March 1, 2017, and winners will be announced in mid-March. On April 5 CSU will hold an Awards Reception and Dinner during which the winners will receive their prizes. Prose guidelines: 2,500 word limit, 12 point font, double-spaced. Poetry guidelines: up to three poems. Students may submit once in each category. There is no entry fee (students must either be registered for classes at CSU or attend a Georgia high school).

Deadline for entries is March 1, 2017. Please submit entries as Word or PDF documents through our online application form:

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2015 Winners

2015 Winners

Brick Road Greear Prize for Poetry

2015 Poetry

High School

  • First Place: "Rotten Fruit," Hayley Maine, Early College, Academy of Columbus, Columbus, GA
  • Honorable Mention: "The Run of Life," Bodie Fox, Armuchee High School, Rome, GA

CSU

  • First Place: "In the Savage City," Jeremy Andrews
  • Honorable Mention: "Proximity," Alyssa Hudson

 

The Orlene Jones Poulsen Award for Fiction

2015 Fiction

High School

  • First Place: "Thank You For the Pictures," Elim Lee, Brookstone School, Columbus, GA
  • Honorable Mention: "6:30 to 7:41," Taryn Castro, Chamblee Charter High School, Atlanta, GA

CSU

  • First Place: "Tolerable Oranges," Alyssa Hudson
  • Honorable Mention: "Midnight Monster," Shannon Smith

 

The Paul Hackett Award for Creative Nonfiction

2015 Nonfiction

High School

  • First Place: "Mother, Did You Know?" Elim Lee, Brookstone School, Columbus, GA
  • Honorable Mention: "Ode to Joy," Amy Pan, Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA

CSU

  • First Place: "Motherland," Alyssa Hudson
  • Honorable Mention: "Escape These Southern Bones," Jeremy Andrews

 

The Naartjie Multimedia Award for Expository Writing

2015 Expository Writing

High School
Honorable Mention: "Grace's Path to Enlightenment in The Others," Sina Niusulu, Hardaway High School, Columbus, GA

CSU
First Place: "Mark Doty and Transforming Experience into Art," Christopher Delano
Honorable Mention: "Run, Lola, Run and the Reality of Difference," Rachel Jordan
Notable: "Mina Loy's "Parturition" and "Feminist Manifesto": A Reflection of Conflicted Identities," Alyssa Hudson
Notable: "The Negro Speaks: An Examination of Black Identity in America Through the Lens of Masculinity in Amiri Baraka's Dutchman," Brandon Hodges
Notable: "Damnation and Salvation Through Love in Christina Rosetti's Poetry," Emery Godwin


 

2014 Winners

Poetry Winners

Brick Road Greear Prize for Poetry

  • High School Category First Place: "Where I am From," by Bodie Fox, Armuchee High School, Rome, Ga.
  • High School Category Honorable Mention: "Star Gazer," by Hayley Schroeder, Harrison High School, Acworth, Ga.
  • CSU Category First Place: "Kudzu," by Morgan Lamberson
  • CSU Category Honorable Mention: "Chrétien's Cup; A Journey of the Self," by Jeremy Andrews

Fiction Winners

Orlene Jones Poulsen Award for Fiction

  • High School Category First Place: "A Smile and a Nod," by Katherine Dianne Hester, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, Ga.
  • High School Category Honorable Mention: "speak," by Kathryn Flandermeyer, McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, Ga.
  • CSU Category First Place: "Salt Morning," by Alyssa Hudson
  • CSU Category Honorable Mention: "Words of Amber," by Sunshine King

Nonfiction Winners

Paul Hackett Award for Creative Nonfiction

  • High School Category First Place: "What's in a Name?" by Amy Pan, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Ga.
  • High School Category Honorable Mention: "Big Ma," by Jacquelyn Mallard, Telfair County High School, McRae, Ga.
  • CSU Category First Place: "Torn Pantyhose," by Morgan Lamberson
  • CSU Category Honorable Mention: "Without the Sun," by Shannon Smith

Expository Writing

Naartjie Multimedia Award for Expository Writing

  • High School Category First Place: "Native Land," by Katherine Russell, Colquitt County High School, Moultrie, Ga.
  • High School Category Honorable Mention: "Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried: War is Hell," by Erin Bagley, Hardaway High School, Columbus, Ga.
  • CSU Category First Place: "Stephen Crane's Maggie: Finding Meaning in Existence," by Gavin Thagard
  • CSU Category Honorable Mention: "O Pioneers! and the Results of Social Structure to the Wild Lands," by Sunshine King

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