2021 CONTEST Winners

The Hal Bernard Memorial Award for Novel (sponsored by Buzz Bernard)
1. Where the Blacktop Ends – Candace Carter
2. Mia Zia Italian Misadventures – Muriel Pritchett
3. Being Blue – Kasie Whitener
HM Banshee’s Wail – Terry Friedman
HM In Her Enemies’ House – Sherri Stewart

The Vega Award for Speculative Short Fiction (sponsored by Sandra Giles)
1. Xtabay Wulf Moon
2. Kalar and the Giant Ginny Shephard
3. Killed or Injured Susan Lindsley

The Award for Excellence in Inspirational Writing (sponsored by Mary Stripling)
1. Grieving over Purses – Martha Thwaite Weeks
2. My Pandemic Uprising – Sheri Denkensohn
3. When I am Dead – Susan Lindsley

The Humor Award (sponsored by Authors Ignite)
1. Bring on the Ravens – Terry Friedman
2. Dream On – Leah Miller

Microcosm Award (sponsored by Charlotte Henley Babb)
1. Who’s Joey -  Ginny Shephard
2. Lilith and the Thronguk  Wulf Moon
3. Uncanny  Shannon Fox
HM (Un) Broken Pipe -Susan Lindsley

Young Adult/Midgrade Award (sponsored by Amy Wethington)
1. Aliens Spurlock – Muriel Pritchett
2. Ford the Pacholet – Richard Meehan

Award for Historical Fiction (sponsored by Jim Furry & Eye on the Page)
1. Murder on Parade – Susan Lindsley
2. White Smoke – Wulf Moon

The Lowcountry Award for Excellence in Southern Writing (sponsored by Dana Ridenour)
1. Detour – Martha Thwaite Weeks
2. The Anniversary – Allen Stevenson
3. The Man Inside – John MacIlroy

The Amy Munnell Award for Character Essays (sponsored by Cappy Hall Rearick)
1. Three Buses – John MacIlroy
2. Flannery – Susan Lindsley
3. Jersey Shrimper – Teri Ward

The Southern Pen Bookshop First Novel Award (sponsored by Vickie Bley)
1. Death Rides in Autumn – Shannon Fox
2. Bone Pendant Girls – Terry Friedman
3. Driftweaver – Wulf Moon





Writers Helping Writers Award recipient

CD Mitchell is being honored for his generous donation of his time and talents last October (2020) in leading a four-part writer workshop series.

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SWA is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting writers across the southeast and farther, through access to education and training, peer support, and resources. Founded in 1975, our membership is comprised of a diverse group of writers from more than twelve Southern and Mid-Atlantic states who represent a variety of genres, styles, and levels of experience, but who are bound by a common passion for the written word. 

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