Southern Literary Festival Recognizes Rhodes Creative Writers

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Publication Date: 3/31/2008

Four Rhodes creative writing students have been recognized for their submissions to the writing competition of the upcoming Southern Literary Festival. The festival will be held at the University of Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond, La., April 11-12. 

Alexandria Eiland, a first-year student from Tarpon Springs, Fl., won first prize for her poem, “There Are No Ghosts in Florida.” Tammy Harris, a senior from Memphis, won honorable mention for a poetry submission.

Allison Hemphill, a junior from Pensacola, Fl., won first prize for her short story “Places,” and Rachel Stinson, a senior from Batesville, Ark., won second prize for her short story “Beauty Queen.” 

Eiland, Hemphill, and Stinson have been invited to read from their winning pieces at the festival. 

For more than 75 years, a consortium of two dozen colleges and universities has sponsored the festival and accompanying writing competition. The festival location rotates from one college to another each year. Rhodes hosted the event last year. 

(Information compiled by Bryan Hearn, Rhodes Student Associate in the Communications Office.)