The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association recently announced the winners of the 2010 Bay to Ocean Writing Contest at the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference held February 20, 2010 at Chesapeake College. The contest, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Writers’ Association, honored first-rate writing in three categories–short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. There were 124 submissions. The contest was open to all writers, regardless of their location or genre. The three first-place winners received $100 cash awards and free admission to the 13th annual Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.
The winning prose and poetry will be published in a special section of the 2010 issue of The Delmarva Review, as an exceptional event, based on the recommendations of the three judges. The winners of this year’s contest were: Poetry – Amanda Newell of Henderson , MD, for her poem, “Stillborn;” Creative Nonfiction – Marjorie Weber of Lewes, DE, for “Amy’s Shoes;” and Short Fiction – Douglas C. Jackson of Roanoke, VA, for “Loblollies.”
“We were delighted with the number of fine entries submitted this year and pleased to have them reviewed by such outstanding judges,” said Wilson Wyatt, coordinator of the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference.
Judges of the 2009 Bay to Ocean Writing Contest were award-winning author Kate Blackwell for Short Fiction; Sheila Buckmaster , editor at large, National Geographic Traveler magazine, for Creative Nonfiction; and award-winning poet Anne Colwell for poetry. Members for the Bay to Ocean Writing Contest committee were chairman Leslie Walker of Cordova, Kathleen Winter of Chance, George Merrill, of St. Michaels, and Wilson Wyatt of St. Michaels.
The Eastern Shore Writers’ Association (www.easternshorewriters.org) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to writers and the literary arts across the tri-state Delmarva Peninsula. The Bay to Ocean Writers Conference (www.baytoocean.com) is a regional educational conference for writers which has sold out for the past five years in a row. The Delmarva Review (www.delmarvareview.com) is a literary journal recognizing excellence in new prose and poetry from authors in the region and beyond.