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Well Versed Winners and Contributors

Thanks to everyone who submitted work for consideration this year, to the reviewers, the judges, and the editor. Well Versed would not happen without any of you.

The following submissions have been selected for publication in Well Versed 2019. All entries in Fiction, Non Fiction, and Poetry were reviewed through a scoring process with readers from the guild and then finalists were passed on to our judges. All of the Flash Fiction winners from the Summer Flash Fiction contest and the October Flash Fiction contest were entered as finalists and passed on to the Flash Fiction judge. The judges selected the winners for each category.

George Sirois is the Fiction judge this year. He is offering a 50% discount if any contributors want to have their respective submissions narrated and edited into an mp3. The cost would be $100 instead of $200, which is his normal rate. His email is if anyone is interested.


Congratulations again to all our winners. Let me know if you have any questions.

Deb Sutton

CCMWG President



Judge: George Sirois

First Place: Child’s Play by Robert Stockdale

Second Place: Ghost Lights by Rexanna Ipock-Brown

Third Place: Hell Hall by Robert Stockdale

Fiction Contributors

Yemen by Allen Fennewald

Davisdale by Steve Friedman

The Great Tornado Battle by Steve Friedman                 

Beasts of Winter by Bill Hinthorn

A Prison of Butterflies by Bill Hinthorn

My Father’s Ark by Victoria Hubbell

Tangle by Susan Koenig

Heavenly Daze by Frank Montagnino

Loretta and the Young Doctor by Jana Stephens

Why Read-Why Not Just Live? by Kit Salter

Witness by Pat Wahler

Refreshments by Bonnie Zelenak

FMAKING IT by Bonnie Zelenak

Flash Fiction

Judge: Dr. Scott Dalrymple

First Place (tie) Isadora by Terry Allen

First Place (tie) The Room by Linda Shultz

Second Place Light-dependent Reactions by Kristian Wingo

Flash Fiction Contributors

My Pretend World by Gail Denham

No Fear? Tell me about it by Gail Denham

Caution: Slow Children Playing by Terry Allen

Kopen Hagen by Yolanda Ciolli

Sonnava Beach by Frank Montagnino

From Here to Eternity by Nancy Jo Allen

Attic Memories by Nancy Jo Allen

Safe Room by Millicent Henry

The Dream’s Remnants by Elizabeth Yanders

Drama Queen by Karen Dabson


Judge: Larry Wood

First Place Climbing Mount Everest by Victoria Hubbell

Second Place A Nervous Flyer by Jean Ispa

Third Place Waiting for a Rainy Day-Secrets from the Porter Pantry A Memoir by Millicent Henry

Nonfiction Contributors

Radical Powerlessness by Marnie Evans

Tribute to a Kohirabi by Mary Ann Heinsman

Never Say Ever by Rodnie McHugh

The Cost is Too High by Lynn McIntosh

The Boomerang by Sheree K. Nielsen

Whiney Self by Suzanne Connelly Paulter

Deary Doubles by Von Pittman

Shopping in 8-bit by Marsha Posz

Honduran Landings by Joe Polacco

Finding My Way Back by Mary Rechenberg       

Lessons from a Non-Incident on Bram Street by Kit Salter

Sunday Afternoon by Billie Holladay Skelley

Unknown Soldiers by Jana Stephens

The Brown Wedding Dress by Barbara Thoma

Her Children Torn From Her by Lori Younkers

A Hard Goodbye by Elizabeth Yanders


Judge: Walter Bargen

First Place Right Side Down by Gail Denham

Second Place Sundown by Billie Holladay Skelley

Third Place Killdeer by Bill Hinthorn

Honorable Mention Alice’s Descent by Gail Denham

Honorable Mention Loose Park by Hannah Jane Weber

Poetry Contributors

The Invisible Man by Terry Allen

Along the Punished Woman Creek, 1878 by Terry Allen

The Last Reel by Terry Allen

527 44th Street by Nancy Jo Allen

Castle by Nancy Jo Allen

Family Camping by Gail Denham

If You are There to See it by Rebecca Graves.

The Vigil by Rebecca Graves

That Kind of Child by Rebecca Graves

Life Sentences by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Life and Instruments by Bill Hinthorn

Leslie by Bill Hinthorn

I Call Your Name by Cathy Holder

Beyond the Veil by Rodnie McHugh

Doggerel by Frank Montagnino

Their Fourth Date by Sheree K. Nielsen

Connection by Suzanne Connelly Paulter

Dame Española by Joe Polacco

Forever Joined by Billie Holladay Skelley

A Warrior’s Dream by Billie Holladay Skelley

Mama’s Clothespin by Jana Stephens

My Sanctuary by Deb Sutton

I Wish by Deb Sutton

Kaleidoscope by Hannah Jane Weber

Grief by Hannah Jane Weber