Poe Contest Winners Announced

Created date

July 13th, 2009

With the votes tallied, the results are in. We ve chosen those authors who best lived up to the master of the macabre s style, and it was a difficult decision to make. Our panel of eight judges which included Erickson s own Poe descendant Nancy Hatfield (nee Poe) reviewed some 250 short stories that encompassed nearly 500 typed pages. Some offered twists of humor, others unnerving chills. Hatfield, who says she hasn t had many opportunities to share her distinctive family tree with people, believes the impressive number of entries is a testament both to Poe s literary talents and the high regard in which so many readers hold his works. The entries were really something else, she says. It made me feel good to see such a great turnout, and it was very difficult to narrow it down to the winners. Grand Prize: Worms and Coffee by Lisal Kayati Second Place: The Return by Tracey J. Hill Third Place: The Strange Testament of Samuel Bell by Thomas D. McKewen You can read all three short stories online at www.EricksonTribune.com. Did you know? Edgar Allan Poe married his first cousin In 1836, at the age of 27, Edgar Allan Poe married Virginia Clemm, his 13-year-old cousin.