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W.Va. fiction writing contest winners announced

September 28, 2008

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Adriana Trigiani has selected the winners of the 2008 West Virginia Fiction Writers Competition.

Russell Myers of Caldwell, was selected as first-place winner for his story "Potatoes for a Visitor." Myers will receive his award and a $500 check from Trigiani at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Erma Byrd Hall.

The Judges Award will go to 17-year-old fiction writer Elizabeth Johnson, of Martinsburg, for her story "Seminary."

Finalists in the statewide fiction competition include Natalie Sypolt from Kingwood, Sarah Wagner from Weirton, Jim Koenig from Harpers Ferry and Kelsey Batten from Ravenswood. All finalists and winners received a fiction writing critique from Trigiani.

Trigiani will also deliver the Scarborough lecture at the awards event.

This year more than 100 entries were submitted to the competition, which is sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation and the West Virginia Center for the Book. The contest promotes the work of novice and unpublished writers whose work generally reflects the characters and customs of the Appalachian area.

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For information about the competition and the "Anthology of Appalachian Writers," call 304-876-5220 or go to www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb.

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