Thirty-two Union County high-school students have been selected for publication in the 18th annual volume of Writers’ Ink, a literary magazine published by South Arkansas Community College and edited by the SouthArk English faculty.
During the 2014-‘15 academic year, high-school students were invited through their English teachers to submit original poems, essays and short stories as entries in a creative-writing contest with those judged as the best submissions to be published in Writers’ Ink, along with cash prizes: $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third in three literary genres and two age divisions (ninth and 10th grades and 11th and 12th grades).
The prizes in this year’s contest will be awarded and the magazines distributed at a ceremony at 2 p.m. on April 26 in the El Dorado Conference Center on the SouthArk West Campus. The awards ceremony will be followed by a reception in honor of the student authors and their English teachers. The public is invited to attend.
Student authors published in Writers’ Ink will receive free copies. Additional copies will be available to the general public and will go on sale in late April for $5 at the SouthArk Bookstore.
Junior Division
Poetry: First Liberty Berry (ninth, El Dorado High School, teacher Clair Barnhouse), “I Come From Jumping Around”; second Kennedy Wells (ninth, EHS, Barnhouse), “Unlit Potential”; third Payton Scarlett (ninth, EHS, Shannon Neblett), “A Frozen Face”. Honorable mentions Shamequa Burks (ninth, EHS, Barnhouse), Robbie Roberson (10th, Junction City High School, Belva Cannon), Brooklynn Price (ninth, EHS, Barnhouse); Ty Couch (ninth, Parkers Chapel High School, Stacy Kendrick).
Short fiction: First Charlie Baker (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “Keep Doing the Hard Stuff”; second Rylee Osgood (ninth, JCHS, Carie Green), “The End”; third Taylor Bates (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “Hell on Earth.” Honorable mentions Connor Barnett, (10th, JCHS, Cannon), Priscila Espinosa (ninth, Norphlet High School, Laura Greer).
Essays: First Dawson Goodwin (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “Fighting for Air”; second Charlie Baker (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “My First Plane Ride”; third Casey Thurlkill (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick), “My Memory.” Honorable mention Nathaniel Garrett (ninth, PCHS, Kendrick).
Senior Division
Poetry: First Lindsey Martin (12th, NHS, Gretchen McCurry), “Stained Glass Window”; second Aaron Gaul (12th, EHS, Bill Meyer), “Skies”; third Keegan Hanry (12th, JCHS, Cannon), “Last Breath.” Honorable mentions Alyssa McElveen, (12th, NHS, McCurry), Michaela Wise (11th, PCHS, Kendrick), Jennifer Hayes (10th, EHS, Bo Butler), Aaliyah Robinson (11th, JCHS, Green).
Short fiction: First Hannah Thurmon (12th, JCHS, Cannon), “Barda”; second Destiny Winder (11th, JCHS, Green), “Our Story”; third Micah Johnson (12th, NHS, McCurry), “Burning Ice.” Honorable mentions, Jay Gill (12th, PCHS, Kendrick), Adrianna Jones (12th, PCHS, Kendrick).
Essays: First Benjamin Wiggins (11th, home schooled), “Dirt City”; second Destiny Winder (11th, JCHS, Green), “Fight for Freedom”; third Shawn Dalton (11th, JCHS, Green), “Self-Expression.” Honorable mention, Dèrra Talley (11th, JCHS, Green).

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