Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

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Sherry Shaw of Gastonia, North Carolina, is the winner of the 2006 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize from the North Carolina Writers' Network for her story "October." Final judge Josephine Humphreys said of "October": "I admire this story for the power and directness of its language and narrative, a strong, no-frills mode of telling that makes for convincing characters but also achieves the sense of mystery we hope for in fiction, lifting the story to a level of rich complexity." Humphreys, distinguished author of four widely acclaimed novels, including Nowhere Else on Earth (2000), also named two stories as honorable mentions: "The Descent" by Lis Anna of Asheville and "Outside the Lines" by Therese Fowler of Raleigh.

Prize winner Sherry Shaw received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied fiction writing with Doris Betts. She received her M.A. in English and creative writing from Hollins College, where she won the Melanie Hook Rice Novel Award. Shaw, who also won a North Carolina Artist Grant Fellowship in Literature from the North Carolina Arts Council, has completed a novel and is now writing full-time. …

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