Georgia College Students Winners of Agnes Scott’s Annual Writers’ Festival Contest

Friday, March 26, 2010

Agnes Scott College has selected four Georgia student works for top prizes in its 39th Annual Writers’ Festival, held March 25-26.

Mike Dockins, a Ph.D. student at Georgia State University, was the winner in the poetry category; Megan Scott, an undergraduate student at Berry College, was the winner in the creative non-fiction category; Benjamin Solomon, a graduate student at Georgia State University, was the winner in the fiction category; and Will Carter, an undergraduate student at Oglethorpe University, was the winner in the one-act play category.

Each year, student writers from Georgia colleges and universities submit their fiction, poetry, personal essays and one-act plays to the Writers’ Festival contest. Agnes Scott publishes the finalists’ works in the festival magazine, and the visiting writers award prizes for the best work in each category. All finalists attend a workshop with one of the visiting writers.

2010 Writers’ Festival visiting writers include Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Scott Russell Sanders, poet Paul Guest and fiction writer Sarah Scoles, a 2007 Agnes Scott alumna. Past festival visiting writers include such notables as Eudora Welty, Julia Alvarez, John Updike, Margaret Atwood, James Dickey, Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Wilbur, Jane Smiley, Michael S. Harper and Agnes Scott alumna Marsha Norman.

Held annually since 1972, Agnes Scott’s Writers’ Festival brings nationally acclaimed writers to campus in an atmosphere of community with student writers from the colleges and universities of Georgia. While on campus, distinguished guests give public readings, award prizes in the festival’s statewide literary competition and conduct workshops for finalists in the competition.

Dockins, originally from New York, published his first book of poetry, Slouching in the Path of a Comet, in 2007. His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and in the 2007 edition of The Best American Poetry. He won this year’s Writers’ Festival with his two poems “Letter to Bonczek from Brockport” and “Channeling Dockins, Irdell Replies from Breadloaf.”

Scott, a native of Tyrone, Ga., is studying English and family studies at Berry College and said she has wanted to be a writer since she was in third grade. Scott won with her piece titled “Elapid.”

Solomon is co-editor of The Open Face Sandwich, an anthology of uncommon prose. His fiction has appeared in Diagram, Best Modern Voices and his essay Boneshaker #1 was chosen as a notable selection by The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2008. Solomon won with his piece “Grief Station.”

Carter, originally from Roswell, Ga., is a student at Oglethorpe University and said he has been writing plays as long as he can remember. He wrote and directed a play his junior year of high school called “A Mexicali Kind of Sentiment.” Carter won for his one-act play “Line Please.”

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.