Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing
The Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing is a contest hosted annually by WKU and is open to students in an English major or minor as well as those in creative writing classes.
The contest is named after Dr. Miller who taught German language and literature at WKU for over thirty years until his death in 1996. Among writing essays, short stories, and plays, Dr. Miller could be best known for his poetry and numerous books including: Copperhead Cane (1964), The Mountains Have Come Closer (1980), Newfound (1989), and more.
For more information on Jim Wayne Miller, please visit jimwaynemiller.net.
Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2014
Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
Fist place: Derek Ellis, JOHN LENNON: A DAY IN THE RYE
Second place: Bryna Sims, A LETTER TO ANOREXIA
Third place: Holli Frye, STAR-SPANGLED SEX
The ten finalists for the 18th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:
Britanny Eldridge: WHISKEY AND TURNTABLES
Derek Ellis: JOHN LENNON: A DAY IN THE RYE
Riley Finwood: WHAT I LEARNED IN IRELAND, I THINK
Isiah Fish: MELANIN OR MELANCHOLY
Holli Frye: STAR-SPANGLED SEX
Collin Hancock: SUPPER AT 10
Jarred Johnson: GENEALOGY
Kyle Marshall: MEMORY OF A LAKE WHERE YOU NO LONGER SWIM
Savannah Osbourn: THE MONOCHROME FILTER
Bryna Sims: A LETTER TO ANOREXIA
Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2013
Congratulations to the winners of the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
First place: Maggie Woodward, MISSISSIPPI SOUND
Second place: Jarred Johnson, EIGHTY CANDLES
Third place: Isiah Fish, WHAT MAKES US MEN
The ten finalists for the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:
Isiah Fish: WHAT MAKES US MEN
Rachel Hoge : THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW RAINCOAT, for Ernest Hemingway
Jenn Hulsey: ARE WE HUMAN OR ARE WE DANCER?
Jarred Johnson: EIGHTY CANDLES
Georgina Kleinhalter: SHORT CUT
Brandy J. Meredith: A JOB WELL DONE
Paul Richard Watson: THE TOWER OF BABEL
Madalyn Wilbanks: BATTLES END
Joanna Williams: UNTITLED
Maggie Woodward: MISSISSIPPI SOUND
These talented writers participated in a writing workshop, conducted by illustrious author, Silas House, on October 27th. They also were recognized later that day at the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing.
Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2012
Congratulations to the winners of the 16th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
First place: Krystol Stinson
Second place: Isiah Fish
Third place: Jaclyn Melcher
Other finalists were:
Haley Parker Rinehart
Winners and finalists were announced at the annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing on Oct. 21, 2012, which included a reading by Lexington author Ed McClanahan. The finalists were chosen by an outside panel of judges and the winners were selected by McClanahan. The authors of the top 10 stories participated in a workshop by McClanahan.
Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2011
Congratulations to the winners of the 15th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
First place: Brittany Lee Cheak
Second place: James Mote Jr.
Third place: Krystol Stinson
Other finalists were:
"Good poetry will deal with ordinary things...
and still manage to evoke a sense of wonder, of the miraculous."
- Jim Wayne Miller
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