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Mary Ellen and Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing


The Mary Ellen and 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, and his wife, Professor Mary Ellen Miller, who taught poetry at WKU for 55 years until her death in 2018. 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. Like her husband, Professor Mary Ellen Miller was well-known for her poetry. She published many poems as well as the collection, The Poet's Wife Speaks (2011). Together with Morris Allen Grubbs, she also published Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader (2014). 

Click here for more information on submitting for the 2018 poetry contest.

For more information on Jim Wayne Miller, please visit jimwaynemiller.net.

 


The celebration was originally named after Dr. Miller, but after the passing of his wife, Professor Mary Ellen, in 2018 it was re-named the Mary Ellen and Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing.

 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2017

Guest Writer: Frederick Smock

Congratulations to the winners of the 21st annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First Place – Alicyn Newman

Second Place – Bridget Yates

Third Place – Michaela Miller

 

The other finalists for the 21st annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were: 

         Delaney Holt

         Amber Loney

         Elizabeth West

Joshua Dilley

Nathan Mayes

Casey Child

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2016

Guest Writer: Silas House

Congratulations to the winners of the 20th annual Jim Wayne Miller (fiction) contest:

First Place – Michaela Miller

Second Place – Shaire Blythe

Third Place – Allie Call

 

The other finalists for the 20th annual Jim Wayne Miller (fiction) contest were: 

          Mike Allen

          Jessica BArksdale

          Katie Glauber

          Emily Houston

Madeline Kramer

Megan Seitz

Katy Wilkins

 

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2015

Guest Writer: Sallie Bingham

Congratulations to the winners of the 19th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

          First Place – David Haydon

          Second Place – Hunter Conner

          Third Place – Dakota Phelps

 

The other finalists for the 19th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:

          Brittany Brown

          Tanner Cole

          Jocelyn Hood 

          Jarred Johnson

         Kellie McDermott

         Rachel Sudbeck

         Megg Wright

 

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2014

Guest Writer: Morris Grubbs / Mary Ellen Miller

Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

          First place: Derek Ellis

          Second place: Bryna Sims

          Third place: Holli Frye

 

The other finalists for the 18th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:

         Britanny Eldridge

         Riley Finwood

         Isiah Fish

         Collin Hancock

               Jarred Johnson

               Kyle Marshall

               Savannah Osbourn

 

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2013

Guest Writer: Silas House

Congratulations to the winners of the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First place: Maggie Woodward

Second place: Jarred Johnson

Third place: Isiah Fish

 

The other finalists for the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:

Rachel Hoge

Jenn Hulsey

Georgina Kleinhalter

Brandy J. Meredith

Paul Richard Watson

Madalyn Wilbanks

Joanna Williams

 

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2012

Guest Writer: Ed McClanahan

Congratulations to the winners of the 16th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First place: Krystol Stinson

Second place: Isiah Fish

Third place: Jaclyn Melcher

 

The other finalists for the 16th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:

Rachel Hoge

Samara Skinner

                 Haley Parker Rinehart

                 Maggie Woodward

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2011

Guest Writer: Frederick Smock

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

 

The other finalists for the 16th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:

Isiah Fish

Amy Lindsey

Jaclyn Melcher

Brittany Moster

Kasey Vaught

Elizabeth Wells

Clint Waters

 

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2010

Congratulations to the winners of the 14th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First place: Molly Koeneman

Second place: Seanna Wilhelm

Third place: Andrew Marlowe Bergman

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2009

Congratulations to the winners of the 13th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First place: Lucas Filip

Second place: Cody Tucker

Third place: Kassidy Vaught

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2008

Congratulations to the winners of the 12th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First place: Cavannah Jane Tankersley

Second place: Tyler Jackson

Third place: Heather Funk

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2007

Congratulations to the winners of the 11th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First place: Cody Tucker

Second place: Corey Bewley

Third place: Bobby Deignan

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2006

Congratulations to the winners of the 10th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First place (tie): Laura Huff / Charles Jacob

Second place: Brooke Shafar

Third place: Kimberly J. Reynolds

 


 

Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2004

Congratulations to the winner of the 8th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:

First place: Alex Taylor

 

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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