Bestselling authors Cassandra King and Rita Mae Brown awarded prizes to the Dahlonega Literary Festivals’ Student Short Story Writing Contest winners at the 2017 festival. Lumpkin County Middle School student Autumn Cleymans won $200 and a signed book by King for her story “Ramen Noodles”. Lumpkin County High School students Alondra Rosa and Michael Gable split the first prize award of $300 because they tied for first place. Rosa, whose story was titled “Never Ending Nightmare”, also received a signed book by Brown at the awards ceremony on March 25th. Gable, author of “Corruption: The Last Job” was unable to attend.
More than 50 submissions were received in the first student writing contest sponsored by the DLF which was open to Lumpkin County high school, middle school, and home schooled students. The contest was part of a grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts Vibrant Communities program.
Pictured: Author Cassandra King, LCMS student Autumn Cleymans, DLF board member Trish Hawkins, LCHS student Alondra Rosa, and author Rita Mae Brown.