Well Versed 2013

Judges Name Well Versed 2013 Contest Winners

Many thanks to this year’s judges for their time and expertise in judging our entries. We appreciate their efforts in aiding us to select the top submissions to be published in our outstanding anthology, which this year includes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Velda Brotherton, Prose–Fiction

Velda Brotherton writes of romance in the old west with an authenticity that makes her many historical characters ring true. A knowledge of the rich history of our country comes through in both her fiction and nonfiction books, as well as in her writing workshops and speaking engagements. She just as easily steps out of the past into contemporary settings to create novels about women with the ability to conquer life’s difficult challenges. Tough heroines, strong and gentle heroes, villains to die for, all live in the pages of her novels and books.

During 28 years of writing, she has been published in short and book-length fiction and nonfiction. Her six regional nonfiction books and nine historical novels are available on Amazon. Her work will soon be available in audio books. She will speak at the Northwest Arkansas Writer’s Free Conference in March, at the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. conference in May and at the Ozarks Writers Conference in October. Watch her website for workshop dates for this year.

Mark Pearce, Poetry

Mark Pearce is a sixth-generation Missourian who lives in Warrensburg. For the past twenty-five years he has worked for public television station KMOS-TV and public radio station 90.9 The Bridge on the University of Central Missouri campus.

Mark began writing poetry in the late 90’s and organized the The Montserrat Poetry Festival which ran for four years (2008-11), and featured many CCMWG writers.

Mark confesses to being particularly partial to rhythm, surprise elements and memorable finishes within works. He likes a range of poetic styles, nursery rhyme through esoteric, and believes the longevity factor likely belongs to the former.

Mark currently serves as Governor of Rotary District 6080, which is taking him to many communities throughout the state. He is hopeful the polio virus will become extinct within the next two years.

Deborah Marshall, Prose—Nonfiction

Deborah “Deb” Marshall is director of the Warriors Arts Alliance, an advocacy for creative writing and the arts for veterans and their family members, and veteran programming coordinator for the Missouri Humanities Council. She is immediate past president (2012-13) of the Missouri Writers’ Guild.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Deb now writes creative nonfiction and historical fiction, with work included in several magazines and anthologies. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, earning a BA in English and Writing Certificate, and a 2012 graduate of the Community Arts Training Institute sponsored by St. Louis’ Regional Arts Commission.

We are pleased to announce the winners of our contest for Well Versed 2013. Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to those selected.


Editor’s Picks:

Dawn Dupler, “In This Kitchen”
Swiftwalker, “Why We Were Late for Church”
Dawn Dupler, “5 A.M. Third Shift Nurse’s Station at Parkland Hospital”

Honorable Mentions:

Annabelle Corrick, “Charlotte’s (Hypotenuse) Web”
Ida Bettis Fogle, “No Loaf”
J. M. Brandt, “Mata Hari”


Editor’s Picks:

Bob Ackerman, “Another Hole in the Ground”
Karen Mocker Dabson, “Question in a Bottle”
Linda Fisher, “Home Invasion”

Honorable Mentions:

Edgar A. Bailey, “The Observer-Reporter, Published Weekly”
J. M. Brandt, “Mr. Right”
John Zerr, “Darling, Daddy, Dead Viet Cong Maker”


Editor’s Picks:

Carol Fisher, “A Dose of Kitchen Medicine from Old Missouri Cookbooks”
Donna Volkenannt, “Amo, Amas, Amat”
Mary Koeberl Rechenberg, “Quilting—A Lasting Tradition”

Honorable Mentions:

Jimmy Capps, “Watching Maddy Run”
Candace Simonson, “The Treasure Hunter”
Sheree K. Nielsen, “Breakfast with the Queen”

Other Contributors

Bob Ackerman, “We Remember (Pete)”

Evelyn Aholt

“Seasons—Life Changes”
“Without End”

Larry W. Allen

“He Lived”
“To Marcia, Wherever You Are”

Barbara Backes

“A Moment”
“Grandmother of Eight Makes Hole in One”
“Our Grandpa”

Brianna Boes, “No More Bernie”

J. M. Brandt

“Hungary: Stalin’s Boots”
“Bloody Mary’s Sympathy”

Carol Buening

“Great Aunt Leona”
“Moon Time”
“Speak of Life”
“Three on the Beach”

Barri L. Bumgarner, “Today…”

Kathleen E. Cain

“Sanpete Memory”

Terry Cobb, “That’ll Teach ’Em”

James H. Coffman

“Midnight Swim”
“Restless Legs”

Karen Mocker Dabson

“Good Advice”
“Only a Moment”

Elizabeth Davis

“The Loner”

Dawn Dupler, “Incantation to Dig a Mother’s Grave”

Carol Fisher

“In Search of Liver Dumplings”
“January 1”
“One Room School”
“Winter Laundry”

Ida Bettis Fogle, “Wasps, In Fact”

Sylvia Forbes

“Winter Rescue”
“A Galaxy of Words”

Marcia Gaye

“Linda’s Song”
“The Dance of Phoenix”
“The New Kitten”

Karen Guccione-Englert

“Allergic to Camping”
“Pirate Adventures of Mason Shady”

Walker Hayes, “Floating to Freedom”

Judith Bader Jones

“The Coldest Season”
“To Veterans”
“A Country Boy”

Marilyn Hope Lake

“Murder Will Tell”
“First Love Lost”
“Homage to Marilyn Monroe”

Sheree K. Nielsen

“The Girl with the Dunce Cap”
“Winter’s Kiss”

Janet Norton

“Bubble Wrap Clouds”
“Flame of Life”
“Prayer of a Mother to Her Teenage Child”

Suzanne Norton

“Alone in Nature”
“The Earth Speaks”

Lynn Obermoeller, “I Don’t Remember”

Debbie Parker, “First Love at the Safeway Store”

Von Pittman

“Tommy Huff’s Boys”
“The Last Studebaker”

Danyele Read, “Caleb”

Eva Ridenour

“Meandering Stream”

Kit Salter

“A Son is Always a Child”
“When Did It Start? Where Will It End?”

Carole K Schaefer, “Mickey ‘Noir’ Marlowe, PI”

Rosemary Shomaker, “Saving the Praying Lady”

Candace Simonson, “The Scarab’s Cenotaph”

Marilyn K. Smith

“MaraBelle’s Diary”
“Preacher’s Visit”
“Soup’s On”

Mary Ann Snapp

“He’ll Call”
“I Traveled with You”


“Her Eyes”

Martin Turner

“Earthwake 2012”
“Midsummer Scandal”
“Word Mart”

Glendal Wallace

“Here We Go Again”
“On the Passing of Two Friends”

Lori L. Younker

“Four Sixteen 8th”
“On the Bike Ride of Life”