The Georgia Southern University Department of Writing and Linguistics is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Roy F. Powell Awards for Creative Writing.
In poetry, the winner is Cady Ennis for her poems “[to my brown eyes on the piano bench: hung like so many men],” “Steal the Lines of Other Poets,” and “Evening is best worn off-white.” Honorable Mentions are James Devlin, Christina Martinez, and Yavaria Ryan.
The winner in fiction is Amanda Malone for her story “The Trick to Knots.” Honorable Mentions are Yavaria Ryan, Taylor Tyson, and Jeff Licciardello.
Sarah Fonseca is the winner in creative nonfiction for “The Trouble with Water.” Jordan Taylor, Taylor Tyson, and Yavaria Ryan received Honorable Mention.
The winners receive a cash award of $100.00, a framed award certificate, and recognition at the University’s Honors Day ceremonies on April 2nd. In addition, their work will be published in Miscellany, the campus arts magazine.
The winning manuscripts were chosen from a large number of highly competitive submissions, according to creative writing faculty judges Emma Bolden (poetry), Jared Sexton (fiction), and Theresa Welford (creative nonfiction).
Cady Ennis, a senior from Mount Vernon, Georgia, is a writing and linguistics major whose work has been influenced by many writers, including George R.R. Martin, Jane Austen, Audrey Niffenegger, D.A. Powell, Ernest Hemingway, and J.K. Rowling. Poetry judge Emma Bolden stated that Cady submitted “a series of poems thrilling in even the smallest moment: every word, every phrase, every line break, every space, seemed perfectly picked to resonate with each other and create richly textured poetic landscapes.”
Amanda Malone, from Garrison, New York, is an English major with a minor in writing. Raymond Carver and Larry Brown are her literary influences. Fiction judge Jared Sexton said of Amanda’s story: “What I admire about this piece is the economy, the way each sentence is chiseled and chock-full of meaning. The effect is a story that seems, at first glance, a calm and tranquil narrative about youthful exploration, but upon further examination reveals a dense and troubling undertow that threatens to drown a family that’s just barely staying afloat.”
Sarah Fonseca is a writing and gender studies student from Lincolnton, Georgia. A Lambda Literary fellow, her work has appeared in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Thought Catalog, and Autostraddle. She likes dental floss, taking things literally, and tricking people into having chill conversations about heavy subjects. Creative nonfiction judge Theresa Welford noted that Sarah’s “braided essay is like a sequence of lyric poems, immersing readers in meditative thoughts and vivid sensory details.”