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Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing

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:

Rachel Hoge

Samara Skinner

Haley Parker Rinehart

Maggie Woodward

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:

Isiah Fish

Amy Lindsey

Jaclyn Melcher

Brittany Moster

Kasey Vaught

Elizabeth Wells

Clint Waters

Jim Wayne Miller

"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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