Winners in the Sassafras Adult Writing Contest were announced at the Georgia Marble Festival this weekend. (L-R) Christie Beiring Eagleson, 1st place; Bronwyn Rumery, 2nd place; Sassafras member Lynn Turner and Lynette Chambers, 3rd place.
By B. Joan Wilson-Barnes, contributor
On Saturday, Sassafras member Lynn Turner presented each of the three winners of the Sassafras Literary Exchange Adult Writing Contest with an award and a one year free membership in the Sassafras Literary Exchange from the central stage of the Marble Festival.
In keeping with the Marble Festival, the theme of this year’s contest was “Rocks.” Qualifying entries had to use the word rock or rocks in their essay, fiction or non-fiction story or poem. Creativity was encouraged and rock topics could include anything from “Pickens Rocks” to rock bands, to rocky roads, to famous rocks or anything else that referred to a rock or rocks.
The 1st place winner is Christie Beiring Eagleson. Her story, Simply a Rock, is a story about children’s fascination with rocks and the formation and travels of rocks.
The second place winner is Bronwyn Rumery who wrote Jasper Hollow, a poem about the magical hollows, creeks, vines and rocks of Pickens County.
Third Place went to Lynette Chambers who talked about important and famous rocks including Plymouth Rock, the Rock of Gibraltar, and Jesus, the Rock of the Christian faith.
The Sassafras Literary Exchange is a 30-year-old organization that promotes creative writing within the group and the community through Youth and Adult Writing contests, group discussions, reviews of members’ written submissions and refreshers on grammar and writing techniques. Membership is open to all who are interested in writing. Monthly meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Sharp Top Arts Association Building in Jasper on the first Monday of each month.