The Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing is a contest hosted annually by WKU and is open to students in an English major or minor as well as those in creative writing classes.
The contest is named after Dr. Miller who taught German language and literature at WKU for over thirty years until his death in 1996. Among writing essays, short stories, and plays, Dr. Miller could be best known for his poetry and numerous books including: Copperhead Cane (1964), The Mountains Have Come Closer (1980), Newfound (1989), and more.
For more information on Jim Wayne Miller, please visit jimwaynemiller.net.
Congratulations to the winners of the 20th annual Jim Wayne Miller (fiction) contest:
First Place – Michaela Miller
Second Place – Shaire Blythe
Third Place – Allie Call
The ten finalists for the 20th annual Jim Wayne Miller (fiction) contest were:
Congratulations to the winners of the 19th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
First Place – David Haydon
Second Place – Hunter Conner
Third Place – Dakota Phelps
The ten finalists for the 19th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:
Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
Fist place: Derek Ellis
Second place: Bryna Sims
Third place: Holli Frye
The ten finalists for the 18th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:
Congratulations to the winners of the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
First place: Maggie Woodward
Second place: Jarred Johnson
Third place: Isiah Fish
The ten finalists for the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:
Brandy J. Meredith
Paul Richard Watson
These talented writers participated in a writing workshop, conducted by illustrious author, Silas House, on October 27th. They also were recognized later that day at the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing.
Congratulations to the winners of the 16th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
First place: Krystol Stinson
Second place: Isiah Fish
Third place: Jaclyn Melcher
Other finalists were:
Haley Parker Rinehart
Winners and finalists were announced at the annual Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing on Oct. 21, 2012, which included a reading by Lexington author Ed McClanahan. The finalists were chosen by an outside panel of judges and the winners were selected by McClanahan. The authors of the top 10 stories participated in a workshop by McClanahan.
Congratulations to the winners of the 15th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
First place: Brittany Lee Cheak
Second place: James Mote Jr.
Third place: Krystol Stinson
Other finalists were:
"Good poetry will deal with ordinary things...
and still manage to evoke a sense of wonder, of the miraculous."
- Jim Wayne Miller