Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

Academic journal article Thomas Wolfe Review

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize

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Co-winners of the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize from the North Carolina Writers' Network are Jude Whelchel of Asheville and South Carolinian Susan Levi Wallach. Both stories are published in this issue of the TWR. Of Whelchel's "Mother in a Boneyard World" (95-99), final judge Marianne Gingher says, "What I admired most was the musicality of the 'voice' in the story.... The marvelous stoicism of Dew's mama touched and heartened me. She seems to be a force in the world as unstoppable as Motherhood itself." A graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Whelchel is an Episcopal priest and mother. Her fiction has appeared in Sequoya Review and Potomac Review. Of Wallach's "A Still Life" (100-05), Gingher says, "I haven't been able to get this story out of my head since I read it. The language is vivid, lyrical at times, visceral.... There isn't a single false moment or overwrought sentence...." Wallach, an editor with an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, won the 2013 Porter Fleming Literary Competition in fiction.

Gingher awarded an honorable mention to Gary V. …

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