Augusta area writers among winners of 2013 Porter Fleming Literary Competition



An Augusta poet, an Aiken nonfiction writer and a Martinez playwright were among the 12 winners of the 2013 Porter Fleming Literary Competition.

The Morris Museum of Art announced the awards Wednesday and will honor the writers at a ceremony on Oct. 6, the last day of the Westobou Festival.

Established in 1993, the competition recognizes outstanding works of fiction, nonfiction, plays and poetry from authors in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The competition is funded by the Porter Fleming Foundation and administered by the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County.

The Porter Fleming Foundation was started in 1963 by Berry Fleming to honor his father, one of Augusta’s leading philanthropists.

At the awards ceremony, first-place winners will read from their works. Tickets are $10 for members of the Morris Museum of Art and $15 for nonmembers.



FIRST PLACE: Another Day for the Monkeys by Susan Levi Wallach, of Columbia, S.C.

SECOND PLACE: Hidden Ball Trick by Gregg Cusick, of Durham, N.C.

THIRD PLACE: The Eye of the Needle by Gilbert Allen, of Travelers Rest, S.C.



FIRST PLACE: Today’s Developing World by Forrest Daniels, of Palm Beach, Fla.

SECOND PLACE: A Return to the Living by Thomas McConnell, of Spartanburg, S.C.

THIRD PLACE: Lake Effect by Karl Fornes, of Aiken, S.C.



FIRST PLACE: Scamming by David Muschell, of Milledgeville, Ga.

SECOND PLACE: The Last Time I Talked with my Mother, Sane by Lynn Sadler, of Pittsboro, N.C.

THIRD PLACE: Reflections by Jonathan Cook, of Martinez, Ga.



FIRST PLACE: Professor Cook by Eric Nelson, of Statesboro, Ga.

SECOND PLACE: Kite by Edward Wilson, of Augusta, Ga.

THIRD PLACE: The Umbrella Speaks by Barbara Hagerty, of Charleston, S.C.