26th Annual Kansas Voices Contest

2015 Kansas Voices Winners

Below are the winners of the 26th Annual Kansas Voices Writing Contest. 96 Adult and 40 Youth Kansas writers submitted a total of 82 Short Stories and 244 Poems. The Winfield Arts and Humanities Council would like to thank all the writers who submitted material into the contest this year, without their participation, this event would not be possible!

Adult Division


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1st Place – Stephen P. Foster, Ozawkie, with “Sky Brothers”

Honorable Mention – Graham Barnes, Topeka, with “Learning to Ride Einstein’s Bicycle”

Honorable Mention – Robert F. Sommer, Overland Park, with “On Visiting the Viet Nam Memorial, March, 2006”



1st Place – Hazel Spire, Sedan, with “Promenade”

Honorable Mention – Erin Fulton, Garden City, with “As a Jew in the aftermath of the Overland Park shootings”

Honorable Mention – Harley V. Phillips, Hutchinson, with “The ‘Other’ Silent Night”

Honorable Mention – Hazel Spire, Sedan, with “The Ballad of Captain Jack Scurvy”




1st Place – Carol Totten, Holton, with “Horse Fear”

Honorable Mention – Nancy Julien Kopp, Manhatten, with “Christmas Spirit – Lost and Found”

Honorable Mention – Lindsay Base, Coffeyville, with “The Road Where She Grew Up”



1st Place – Sanda Moore Coleman, Wichita, with “A Year by the Sea”

Honorable Mention – Madison White, Andover, with “Preservation Youth”

Honorable Mention – Hazel Spire, Sedan, with “The Boy Who Dreamed of China”



1st Place – Katherine Vasper, McPherson, with “Cyber”

Honorable Mention – Gerald McCoy, Oxford, with “The Dream and the Rose”

Honorable Mention – Sharon Black, Smith Center, with “Red Hooch”



1st Place – Kira Galloway, Sublette, with “Detective Blaine”

Honorable Mention – Ann Fell, Winfield, with “The Sundrop Sonata”



1st Place – Eric Holcomb, Lawrence, with “Salt”

Honorable Mention – Beth Reiber, Lawrence, with “The Greeting”

Honorable Mention – Hannah Christensen, Douglass, with “Christmas Season”


Youth Division


1st Place – Madison Freisen, Udall, with “The Party of Speech”

Honorable Mention – Amelia McNichols, Burr Oak, with “Murder Rang the Owl”

Honorable Mention – Alyssa Zimmerman, Valley Center, with “Wild and Free”

Honorable Mention – Abigail Driggers, Hillsboro, with “Winter”


1st Place – DaiJah Jones, Kansas City, with “Daddy”

Honorable Mention – Anne Hageman, Zenda, with “A Taste of Lemon”

Honorable Mention – Carrie Lyn Smith, Wichita, with “The Urn’s Breath”

Overall Winner of Prose - Eric Holcomb with "Salt"

Overall Winner of Poetry - Stephen P. Foster with "Sky Brothers"

Judges for this year’s competition were: Poetry judge, Thomas G. Reischel, St. Paul, MN and Prose judges, Nancy Sturm of Wichita (Creative Non-Fiction), John Scaggs of Southwestern College (Short Story Fiction), Diane Wahto of Wichita (Youth Division Prose), and Carol Martin of Arkansas City (Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Mystery). Sponsored by Winfield Daily Courier, CornerBank, and Bob and Nancy Love of Wichita. Kansas Voices is underwritten by Winfield Convention and Tourism.

For information or to order a 2015 KS Voices Book, call 620-221-2161 or email winfieldarts@gmail.com