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Prizes given in Shepherd University fiction contest

November 04, 2011

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. — Ron Rash, Shepherd University's recent Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence, selected the winners of the West Virginia Fiction Competition.

Jim Koenig of Harpers Ferry received the $500 first prize for his story, "Carry Me to the River." Paul Kessler, a Shepherd University student in Dr. Carrie Messinger's Creative Writing program, was selected by Rash for the second-place prize for his story, "The Water Beneath." The third-place prize was shared by Michelle Yost, a Fairmont University student, and Jeremiah Shelor of Morgantown, W.Va., for their stories "The Transformation of Acteon" and "The Tragedy of Woodrow Monroe."

The winning stories can be seen at the Appalachian Heritage Fiction Competition website at www.shepherd.edu/ahwirweb/new_writers.html.

During his weeklong residency at Shepherd, Rash, an award-winning poet and fiction writer, was presented the Appalachian Heritage Writer's Award. He is serving as editorial advisor to the upcoming Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Ron Rash, Volume IV, produced by Shepherd's Writers Project.

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