2012 Results

Writers@Work 2012 Fellowship Competition

Fiction – Judged by Debra Monroe


Dana Fitz Gale “Fourteen Tips for Selling Real Estate”

Dana Fitz Gale is an MFA student at the University of Montana. In addition to the 2012 Writers at Work Fellowship, she is also the winner of the 2012 Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the 2011 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction and the 2011 Charles Johnson Fiction Award. She was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Letters, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, New South, Arts and Letters, Montana Magazine, and elsewhere. Dana has attended three previous Writers at Work conferences and counts these among her most valuable experiences.

Honorable Mentions

Jen Fawkes “Iphigenia in Baltimore”

Jen Fawkes’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, The Southeast Review, Barrelhouse, Tampa Review, and other journals, and has been nominated for a Pushcart. She holds an MFA from Hollins University, a BA from Columbia University, and will soon enter the doctoral program at the University of Cincinnati.

Susan McCarty “The Fat of the Land”

Susan McCarty is an Iowa native whose work has appeared in Utne Reader, the Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Conjunctions, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. Right now, she’s finishing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah.

Nonfiction – Judged by Steve Almond


Terri Shrum Stoor “Bird Dog”

Terri Shrum Stoor, winner of the 2011 William Faulkner-William Wisdom gold medal for the short story, is a founding member of New Orleans’ Peauxdunque Writers Alliance. Her work can be seen in New Orleans by New Orleans, a book of essays about the Crescent City due out in May 2012. Terri placed an essay on the ‘notable entries’ list for finalists in the Tiny Lights 2012 Essay Contest, which will be published in late fall 2012 in Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative. A former actor and comedian, she lives in New Orleans’ French Quarter where she continues to work on a collection of short stories, a novel, and teaching her Labrador retriever to smile on command.

Honorable Mentions

Marcee Blackerby “Love in the Time of the Scrambler”

Mixed Media Artist Marcee Blackerby works from a home studio in Salt Lake City, UT, where she resides with her husband, Sculptor/Artist Ric Blackerby.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the U of U.  She writes,“My boxes are stories with windows.”  Marcee’s found object art, often arranged in a box, is part of collections across the U.S., including the collection at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She was among twelve artists selected internationally to show at the United Nations in New York.  Marcee has published books on Chinese astrology and numerology, a dream guide, and short stories in literary publications.  She is currently working on her first novel.

Steven Cantwell “Music of the Spheres”

Except for short periods in Massachusetts and Louisiana, Steve Cantwell has lived all his life in the West—Oregon, New Mexico, and Utah, and currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Maura, and their two young boys, along with an excessively energetic lab/border collie. His non-fiction narratives, short stories, and book reviews have appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Short Story Review, Dialogue, and other publications. He has also been a finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Tobias Woolf Award for Fiction. His collection of short stories, Strangers and Travelers, is complete and in search of a publisher. He’s currently at work on a book-length narrative, One Boy’s Way of Knowing, about his family’s day-to-day experience with autism. To see new work in progress, you can visit his blog site at www.oneboyswayofknowing.com

Poetry – Judged by Heather McHugh


James Harris from Traipse

James Harris graduated from UC Santa Cruz, and earned graduate degrees at UC Berkeley and Stanford – where he was also a Wallace Stegner Fellow. In 1997 he was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poetry Prize. He worked at UC Berkeley for more than 25 years; since 2007 he has taught at Diablo Valley College. He lives in Kensington, California.

Honorable Mentions

Emily Ho, Dura Mater

Emily Ho is from Kaysville, Utah, where she spent a great deal of her childhood mostly naked in the backyard.  Emily is currently studying at Brigham Young University, and lives in a tiny apartment with her husband, two toddlers, and a dwarf rabbit named Marjorie.  She is a horrible homemaker, but an amazing cinnamon roll-maker.  Emily hopes to teach after finishing her degree, and plans to move back to Oahu, where she and her husband met.

Marc Johnston, The Way Out

Marc Johnston received a BA in English from the University of Georgia in 1999 and an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2003. His poem “reconnaissance” won runner-up in the 2011 Pocataligo Poetry Contest sponsored by the University of South Carolina literary journal Yemassee and judged by Ray McManus. Marc recently completed his first book-length manuscript of poems The Way Out and is toiling erratically away on his second book of poems—Sunflowers of the Hereafter. He is currently mired in corporate America as a senior full-service project manager in books publishing at Cenveo Publisher Services (and suffering quietly and haphazardly from the inevitable mental gangrene therefrom) in Rockville, Maryland, where he bumbles along (quite madly I might add) with his eight-year-old daughter Isabelle (aka Iz) and his eternally young but still absolutely crazy and objectionably stinky cocker spaniel Jake (aka Old Man Snake). He writes when and as often as he can. The question, of course, is to what avail…



  • Antoinette Billings “Desert Rat Girl and the Winding Wash”
  • Jackie Shannon Hollis “The Weak Are Left Behind”
  • Lita Kurth “Lifetime TV”
  • Anne Leigh Parrish “At Home”
  • Lois Rosen “The Hollywood Life”
  • Shawn Soward “The Northwestern Personality and Aptitude Test”


  • Kate Birch “One More Artifical Organ”
  • Tonya Canada “A Rose Grows”
  • Paulette Livers “On My Disheartening Absence In This Picture”
  • Susan Messer “An Inquiry into the Matter of the Bedside Drawer”
  • Jennifer Sinor “Struck”
  •  Donna Steiner “Studying the Trees”


  • Ann Brzezniak “Yours and Mine,” “Petrified,” “Monarch Behaviour,” “Once Like a Name and Not a Time,” “The Jury is Still Out”
  • Jacqueline Garlitos Bio(Shock)
  • dawn lonsinger “Forage,” “The Body Is a Nest of Pins,” “She Had No Cover Letter,” “Aquaria,” “Fall of Falling,” “Touch Me Also”
  • Ben McClendon “Experiment,” “The Dead Man’s Toes,” “Notes from the Responding Officer,” “Boxcars,” “In Case of Unrest,” “Hazards of Perpetua”
  • Emily Montgomery “New Years Day in the Cuyamaca Mountains,” “Visiting Northern Germany in June, “Intoxicated”
  • Kate Rosenberg There is No Call For All of This
  • Sari Weston “At Depoe Bay,” “Down by the riverside,” “Eating coals,” “Once,” “Surrender the Fortress,” “Goodbye song”