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Winner’s Circle

At long last, we are proud to announce the winners and finalists of our Writers on the Rise! Prose Contest!

With submissions received from all over the world, the competition was stiff, but our Judges were confident in their selections of:

  • “Brevity on Church St.” by Eric Schwartz, in First Place
  • “And God Saw that it was Good” by Keely Hendricks, in Second Place
  • “Mono no Aware” by Hayley Snowden, in Third Place – http://www.thecharlescarter.com/writing/2017/06/01/mono-no-aware-%ef%bc%88%e7%89%a9%e3%81%ae%e5%93%80%e3%82%8c%ef%bc%89/

What Winners and Readers can look forward to now:

  • Each story will receive a spotlight position following publication. You can expect to see:
    • “Mono no Aware” to appear June 1st, 2017
    • “And God Saw that it was Good” to appear June 2nd, 2017
    • “Brevity on Church St” to appear June 3rd, 2017
  • Exciting Author Interview with Eric Schwartz, our First Place author, about their piece, “Brevity on Church St.” and whatever else might be on their mind, slated to appear alongside their winning piece on June 3rd, 2017

Above all, we at The Charles Carter would like to thank all of our contestants and readers who make it possible for us to do what we do, namely read your awesome work and try to help out where we can by providing a platform and feedback. Thank you, and again, congratulations. Be sure to spot our Contest page in the future, as we plan to launch our next Contest (Theme to be announced this week) May 21st, 2017.

And of course, we couldn’t forget our Honorable Mentions:

  • “A Translation of What Occured” by Lydia Yousief
  • “Veins” by Brenna Elmore
  • “Notifications” by Charity Thompson
  • “Planned Parenthood” by Justin Patricolo
  • “Strange Angels of Death Row” by Kayla Bartee

Thanks to our Judge Panel:


  • Trevor McPherson – check out his art: http://www.thecharlescarter.com/writing/2016/12/21/igloo/
  • Geoffrey McGee – check out his poem: http://www.thecharlescarter.com/writing/2015/10/08/a-realization-by-geoffrey-mcgee/
  • Patrick Carawan

Special Thanks to Brenna Elmore and Keely Hendricks