CSU Announces Carson McCullers Literary Awards Winners

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University’s Department of English has announced the winners of its first-ever Carson McCullers Literary Awards for Georgia high school and CSU students.

Presentations were made at a ceremony held Tuesday night at the Chattahoochee River Club. The award winners are:

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Brick Road Greear Prize for Poetry


  • High School Category First Place: “Where I am From,” by Bodie Fox, Armuchee High School, Rome, Ga.

  • High School Category Honorable Mention: “Star Gazer,” by Hayley Schroeder, Harrison High School, Acworth, Ga.

  • CSU Category First Place: “Kudzu,” by Morgan Lamberson

  • CSU Category Honorable Mention: “Chrétien’s Cup; A Journey of the Self,” by Jeremy Andrews


Naartjie Multimedia Award for Expository Writing

  • High School Category First Place: “Native Land,” by Katherine Russell, Colquitt County High School, Moultrie, Ga.

  • High School Category Honorable Mention: “Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried: War is Hell,” by Erin Bagley, Hardaway High School, Columbus, Ga.

  • CSU Category First Place: “Stephen Crane’s Maggie: Finding Meaning in Existence,” by Gavin Thagard

  • CSU Category Honorable Mention: “O Pioneers! and the Results of Social Structure to the Wild Lands,” by Sunshine King


Orlene Jones Poulsen Award for Fiction

  • High School Category First Place: “A Smile and a Nod,” by Katherine Dianne Hester, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, Ga.

  • High School Category Honorable Mention: “speak,” by Kathryn Flandermeyer, McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, Ga.

  • CSU Category First Place: “Salt Morning,” by Alyssa Hudson

  • CSU Category Honorable Mention: “Words of Amber,” by Sunshine King


Paul Hackett Award for Creative Nonfiction

  • High School Category First Place: “What’s in a Name?” by Amy Pan, Parkview High School, Lilburn, Ga.

  • High School Category Honorable Mention: “Big Ma,” by Jacquelyn Mallard, Telfair County High School, McRae, Ga.

  • CSU Category First Place: “Torn Pantyhose,” by Morgan Lamberson

  • CSU Category Honorable Mention: “Without the Sun,” by Shannon Smith


First-place winners in each category will receive $150, and their entries will be published in Arden, CSU’s award-winning literary journal. Honorable mention winners in each category will receive $100.

The awards’ namesake, Carson Mc­Cullers, was born Lula Carson Smith on Feb. 19, 1917 in Columbus. Best-known for her novels — The Heart is a Lonely HunterReflections in a Golden EyeThe Member of the WeddingThe Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Clock Without Hands — McCullers was also a playwright and a short story writer. Her body of work also includes two plays, 20 short stories, over two dozen nonfiction pieces, a book of children’s verse, a few poems and an unfinished auto­biography. McCullers died Sept. 29, 1967 at age 50. CSU’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, located in the author’s childhood home at 1519 Stark Ave., is dedicated to preserving her legacy.

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Winners of the 2014 Carson McCullers Literary Awards for Georgia high school and CSU students pose with CSU faculty and administrators after Tuesday’s awards ceremony.