We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural David Hodgin English Award, which this year called for works that addressed the impact the Covid-19 has had in our lives. This award offers two $350 scholarships to the winners-- one for a prose work and one for poetry-- and their works will be published in our literary journal Cold Mountain Review.
The prose award goes to Abigail Miles for her story "Twenty One."
Abigail Miles is a senior at Appalachian State University majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. She works for the University Bookstore and the University Tutorial Services on campus, and is also a part of the University Honors College. She is also a member of the App State Book Club, and spends all of her free time either reading as many books as she can or looking for inspiration to write new stories of her own.
The poetry award goes to Barclay Ann Blankenship for her poem "We are in a fragment."
Barclay Ann Blankenship is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University with a B.A. in English with a concentration in Literary Studies. Her work has been published on various online platforms, however, this is her first publication in a creative journal. Currently, she lives in Willow Springs, North Carolina. When she is not writing, she can be found reading, daydreaming of future travels, or playing guitar and singing in her bedroom in preparation for an open mic.
Congratulations to Abigail and Barclay!
And huge thanks to the English Department Student Representatives, who developed the idea for the award and served as jury for the works, along with Mark Powell, editor of Cold Mountain Review.