The Broad River Review hosts the annual Rash Awards in the categories of fiction and poetry. Poetry entries are restricted to five poems, with no more than ten pages total per submission. Fiction entries must be double spaced and no more than 5,000 words. This year, North Carolina writer Aaron Gwyn judged fiction, while Florida poet David Kirby judged poetry.
In 2016, members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network were well-represented among the finalists, so much so that a long-form blog post is the only way to give credit where credit’s due!
In the 2016 Rash Award for Poetry:
- Ashley Memory of Pittsboro received an honorable mention for “Why I Love Used Books”
- Janet Joyner of Winston-Salem was a finalist for “Bird Brain”
- NCWN board member and Wake County regional rep Alice Osborn, of Raleigh, was a finalist for “My Lost Son: Fastnet Race 1979”
- Lisa Zerkle of Charlotte was a finalist for “In Flight”
In the 2016 Rash Award for Fiction:
- Heather Adams received an honorable mention for “A Pop of Color”
- NCWN Buncombe County regional rep Alli Marshall, of Asheville, was a finalist for “Night Pageant”
- Gregg Cusick of Durham was a finalist for “Nothing About Us, Without Us, Is for Us”
- Jennifer Weiss of Cary was a finalist for “The Kriah”
- Margaret (Peg) Steiner of Asheville was a finalist for “They”
The Broad River Review accepts general submissions—and reads for the Rash Awards—between mid-August and mid-November each year.
The Broad River Review is a proud outlet for undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and local community members of Gardner-Webb University. However, since 2002, they have made a conscious effort to broaden the scope of their writers to include regional and national writers. In 2010, they added the Rash Award in Fiction and Poetry, open to all writers and judged by outside, accomplished fiction writers and poets.
The Broad River Review is published annually in late spring.