Writers’ Club holds 25th annual awards ceremony

March 26, 2014

The Anson County Writers’ Club awarded winners of the 2013 contests in prose and poetry March 23 in the H.B. Allen Library’s Little Theater. Winners read excerpts from their winning stories or poems and received a certificate and cash award from contest co-chairmen Ruth Hickman and Randy Tarlton.

Sandy Bruney, in welcoming the attendees, noted that this was the 25th time the awards have been presented. The first contest was held in 1989 and the first awards given in 1990. “We have heard some great stories and poetry during that time,” she said.

Prose winners in grades 3-6 are: First Place, Thomas Sommerville for “A Legend,” Second Place, Labdhi Shah for “Why We Need to Go to School,” and Third Place, Ebony Gaddy for “A Christmas Story.” Poetry winners are: First Place, Tyler Nguyen for “The School I Go To,” Second Place, Nevaeh Barnes for “The Best Teacher,” and Third Place, Jaylin Deon Coleman for “Earth Is a Peaceful World.”

Grades 10-12 prose winners are: First Place, Sherman Wallace for “Songs and Secrets,” Second Place, Wendy Baker for “Eternal Manor,” and Third Place, Chantara Willoughby for “The Lake.” Poetry winners are: Ariel Mamer for “Concert of Remembrance,” Tymesha Melton for “Redemption,” and Third Place, Krista Langley for “My Best Friend.”

There were no grades 7-9 entries.

Libby Allen won first place in adult prose for her story, “The Mother Who Stole Christmas.” Allen is a frequent contest winner.

Harold Wayne Skipper won first place in the adult category for his poem, “Thank You Lord.”

The Anson County Writers’ Club meets at 3 p.m. every fourth Sunday except July and December at the Chamber of Commerce in Wadesboro. For more information about programs and events, visit