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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.
Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2013
Silas House reads Jim Wayne Miller's "Brier Sermon"
Silas House reads a portion of his upcoming essay "Forbidden Gods"
Congratulations to the winners of the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest:
First place: Maggie Woodward, MISSISSIPPI SOUND
Second place: Jarred Johnson, EIGHTY CANDLES
Third place: Isiah Fish, WHAT MAKES US MEN
The ten finalists for the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller contest were:
Isiah Fish: WHAT MAKES US MEN
Rachel Hoge : THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW RAINCOAT, for Ernest Hemingway
Jenn Hulsey: ARE WE HUMAN OR ARE WE DANCER?
Jarred Johnson: EIGHTY CANDLES
Georgina Kleinhalter: SHORT CUT
Brandy J. Meredith: A JOB WELL DONE
Paul Richard Watson: THE TOWER OF BABEL
Madalyn Wilbanks: BATTLES END
Joanna Williams: UNTITLED
Maggie Woodward: MISSISSIPPI SOUND
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.
Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2012
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.
Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing 2011
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
The rest of the final top ten include:
Below: 2005 Wyatt Faculty Award winner Frederick Smock who held a reading and discussion at this year's contest signs copies of The Deer at Gethsemani: Eclouges.
Below: People gather in Garret Conference Center lobby for Jim Wayne Miller Celebration.
Below: WKU welcomes the Emeriti with a good looking cake!
Maggie Woodward, won the 17th annual Jim Wayne Miller Fiction Contest with her short story, "Mississippi Sound."