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South Carolina Fiction Project

2009 Winners

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This year's honorees are:

Betty Wilson Beamguard’s publication credits include more than two dozen stories, 10 poems, and numerous nonfiction pieces. Three of her how-to articles have been featured in The Writer. Her work has also appeared in such publications as Women in the Outdoors, Draft Horse Journal, Sassy, The Petigru Review, and Moonshine Review. Her new passion is paddling the waterways of South Carolina. She lives in York.

Shane Bradley lives in Due West, where he teaches English at Dixie High School. When he's not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sharon, his daughter, Sadie, and his son, Sloan. He is a member of the Due West Town Council and the Due West Volunteer Fire Department. In his spare time, he also works as a licensed funeral director. His story "The Savior" was selected for the 2004 South Carolina Fiction Contest.

Audra Kerr Brown dictated her first story to her mother at the age of 2 and has been writing ever since. Brown, raised on a farm in Iowa, now lives in Summerville with her husband, Ken, and their 9-year-old daughter, Olivia. As a two-time winner of the Piccolo Spoleto fiction contest and with poetry and flash fiction published in several online webzines, Brown is now using her talent to write and direct for her church’s drama department. She has also been privileged with the position of helping children with disabilities at Newington Elementary School.

Lindy Keane Carter grew up in Georgia and holds a journalism degree from the University of Georgia. She lives in Mount Pleasant and over the past 30 years she has been a magazine writer and editor, a fundraiser, and an administrator at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2001, she won second place in a fiction-writing contest sponsored by the South Carolina Academy of Authors and won her first South Carolina Fiction Project prize in 2003 with the same short story. She is a former board member of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA) in Charleston. The proud mom of two adults and a teenager is working on her second novel.

Camille Collins has been an avid writer since childhood. She explored her passion and developed her voice while studying English literature at the University of Iowa, and Creative Writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her diverse, lyrical work attests to the influence of her many years spent wandering the globe. She now calls Florence home.

Dell Isham of Columbia, former Senate Majority Leader in the state of Oregon and former director of the South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club, has been a resident of South Carolina since 1997. He has a master’s degree in history from Colorado State University and played football for Boise State College in Idaho. He retired in 2008 to devote more time to writing.

Robert Lamb teaches English and journalism courses at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. A native of Aiken, he grew up in Augusta, Ga., and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. His first novel, Striking Out, published in 1991, was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His second, Atlanta Blues, published in 2004, was nominated for the Edgar Award. He has also published in The Georgia Review, the Francis Marion Review, and Ep;phany, A Literary Journal.

Rachel Luria received her MFA from the University of South Carolina in 2006. Her work has appeared in The Florida Review, Denver Syntax, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Dash Literary Journal, and others. She also has a story forthcoming in Yemassee’s South Carolina Writers Anthology. Her writing has received several awards, including being chosen as a winner of the 2006 South Carolina Fiction Project and being named a finalist in Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction contest. She lives in Columbia.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Edward Markiewicz moved to South Carolina last year. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a BA in English, he has had a lifelong interest in painting and writing and is a professional artist. He lives in Seneca with his wife, Eden.


Sara Peters is originally from the Midwest and received a B.A. from the University of South Carolina in Experimental Psychology. She is currently a graduate student in the Experimental Psychology Ph.d. program at USC, and resides in Columbia.


Melanie Richardson resides with her husband and two daughters in North Charleston. She is an administrative assistant at the Medical University of SC. Besides writing, she enjoys making jewelry, playing the piano, volunteer work and spending time with her girls. She started writing stories when she was five and hasn’t stopped since. Her short story The Fortune Teller was published in the Omaha World Herald when she was sixteen. She writes freelance and is currently taking classes at Trident Technical College with the ultimate goal of obtaining a degree in English.

Dave Sennema was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., graduated from Albion College, and then spent the next two years of his life at Fort Jackson, S.C., courtesy of the U.S. Army. He met his wife Marty on the stage of the Town Theater in Columbia, where he got his start in arts administration as the first director of the Columbia Music Festival Association. He became the first director of the South Carolina Arts Commission in 1967 and in 1970 went to Washington, D.C. as associate director of the Federal/State Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1973 he became the founding director of the Community Arts Management Program at Sangamon State University in Springfield, Ill., and later returned to Columbia as director of the South Carolina State Museum. In his retirement years he has taken up short story writing.


About the Judges:

Gwyn McGee was born in Gary, Ind., and worked as a radio station receptionist, had a short stint as a television anchor and ended as a news director. After a divorce and a new marriage, she began her life as a writer in Memphis, Tenn. Over a period of 14 years she wrote 13 novels under the pen name Eboni Snoe, but as her interests in spiritual affairs increased along with her passion for learning about indigenous peoples, her novels began to move in a different direction. Her latest projects include a conspiracy novel set in her hometown and a nonfiction work, 'A Memoir of Miracles: 22 Weeks with Divinity: Bharosama,' about a resurrected woman she spent time with in Nepal. McGee lives in Atlanta.

Ronald M. Gauthier was a library branch manager in New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina forced him to relocate to Atlanta. He has also served as an adult literacy instructor for the prison system in Louisiana and a social services counselor. He is the author of 'Hard Time on the Bayou,' a prison novel based on his experiences working in corrections, 'Prey for Me: A New Orleans Mystery' and its sequel, 'Crescent City Countdown.' Gauthier is a library branch manager in Gwinnett County, Ga., and is co-authoring a nonfiction title chronicling the odyssey of John Thompson, a man wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death in Louisiana. He also is working on the final installment of the 'Prey for Me' trilogy.