The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Howard Carter of Chapel Hill won the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize from the North Carolina Writers' Network for "Mr. Mason's Request." Final judge for the competition, Shannon Ravenel, said of Carter's story: "Based on a brilliant premise, this story is perfectly executed to make the most of that premise and convincingly characterize the three players." Ravenel, editor of The Best American Short Stories series for thirteen years and the founding editor--with Louis D. Rubin--of Algonquin Press, chose "Dickhead" by Anne Barnhill of Garner, North Carolina, as the first runner-up, and "Shack on Fire" by Bill Morris of Durham as the second runner-up. (Carter's and Morris's stories appear in this issue of the Thomas Wolfe Review. See pages 127-41.)
Prize winner Howard Carter, retired from Eckerd College, is adjunct professor of Social Medicine in the College of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has written articles, poems, stories and full-length books about ways in which literature and the humanities can help medical patients. He has a bachelor's degree in humanities from the University of Chicago and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Iowa.
Anne Barnhill, first runner-up for "Dickhead," is the author of a memoir, At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister and Me, and a short story collection, What You Long For. …