Wild Violet Contest Winners

By on May 30, 2011 in Contest Winners, Contests

After careful consideration by our judges, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Writing Contests.


“Chocolate Spider Web”— Luke Hawley

“The Pink Pack” — Susan E. Tornga

“Love Letter” — Michael Turner

Honorable Mentions:  “Men and Smokes” by Jennifer Annessi and “The Point Of No Return” by Elizabeth Benton


“Midwife Man” — Ellen LaFleche

Traveling People Part I — Dissociative Blues” — Robert McMullen

“Terminal Opera” — Finley Ballard Evans

Honorable Mentions: “Plastic Woman”  by Mindy Gars Dolandis and “Greyhound to Nowhere” by Barb McMakin


Fiction contest judge Sophie Childs is a married, full-time mother of four who has been writing for as long as she can remember.  She graduated from Oxford in 1995, having studied modern history, and has published various non-fiction articles exploring various aspects of folklore and mythology as well as a book.  She still holds out hope that one day she will be a children’s fiction author. She is the owner and founder of Fey Publishing

Poetry contest judge Amy M. Levy rediscovered writing after believing for nearly twenty years the teacher who said her prose lacked passion and emotion. Now, she can’t seem to stop. She maintains a creative blog at amylevy.com, journals her personal life at several sites, and even allows her work to be published. Amy shares her Northern Virginia home with her husband and their dogs.   

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Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, AlyceWilson.com. In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.