Dogwood 2012 Issue, Contents, and Contest Winners!

After a year of hiatus, and a digital rebirth, Dogwood returns this year with a brand new issue, a brand new student staff, and a brand new Editor. Sonya Huber, the new Editor of Dogwood, has taken up the task of building a new foundation for Dogwood that will provide stability and relevancy in the digital age. While the hiatus provided opportunity to develop a new ongoing history for Dogwood, the traditional aspects that its readers have come to know have not changed.

From poetic interpretations of a game of Scrabble, to an insight of life with a firearms fanatic, this year’s issue of Dogwood travels the expanses of creativity and inspiration in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. While the contest winners received their due praise, all submissions in the current issue of Dogwood prove quite entertaining and poignant.

The process of judging the blind-submission finalists was not an easy one since there were so many outstanding entries. After hours of reading, re-reading, and careful deliberation, the winners were finally chosen.

Contest Winners

The First Prize in Poetry went to Maya Jewell Zeller for “Playing Scrabble with Steve and Crystal.” Judge Riegel determined that “The layers of imagery, the loving attention to the fresh and apt word choice, and the sheer flat-out gallop of these enjambed lines reflecting ‘a riot of muscle and light,’ [and] the subject of the poem, made it irresistible.” The decision was not without competition though, and Riegel chose “On Refusing to Press Charges” by Rob Jacques as an Honorable Mention.

The First Prize in Nonfiction went to David Patrick for “Elegy for the Guns”. Judge Sukrungruang said, “What struck me about this piece is the swiftness of the narrative, the balance of scene and succinct exposition…This essay, like all good essay, contained an urgency that kept me flipping the page.”

Finally, the First Prize in Fiction went to Nick Scorza for “Love Stories”. Judge Sukrungruang also read in this category and stated, “…there is an inherent danger of writing a literary love story, one a good writer needs to take into account. This writer does just that. This writer knows that line between drama and melodrama, knows that a good love story is not about what happens, but the internal motivations of character.” Fiction also provided some remarkably difficult judging decisions and Sukrungruang also expressed his admiration for the Honorable Mention “The Delivery” by Gary Smothers.



Editor’s Note

2012 Dogwood Awards


Sonya Huber


Katherine Riegel

Ira Sukrungruang

Katherine Riegel’s poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Crazyhorse, the Cream City Review, and She is co-founder and poetry editor for the independent online journal Sweet: A Literary Confection. She teaches at the University of South Florida and lives in Brandon.

Ira Sukrungruang is the author of Talk Thai: The Adventures of Buddhist Boy. His work has appeared in many literary journals, including North American Review, Creative Nonfiction, and The Sun. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida.


First Prize Award

Playing Scrabble with Steve and Crystal

Maya Jewell Zeller

Pieces of Me

Still Point

Elya Braden

A Stone on the Road

Ronda Broatch

The Memory of Forgetting

Salita S. Bryant


Terry Godbey


Midge Goldberg

The Book of the Dead

How To Save Your Own Neck

Deborah Hauser

On Refusing to Press Charges

Rob Jacques

Black Dahlia

Eileen Malone

The Case for Pointillism

Carolyn Moore

A Canzone Basking in the Pre-Apocalypse

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell


Floating in from the South

Cheryl Weibye Wilke


First Prize Award

Elegy for the Guns

David Patrick

Travels with Emmy

Elizabeth Creely


First Prize Award

Love Stories

Nick Scorza

The Delivery

Gary Smothers

At the Leningrad Institute for Public Housing

David Meischen


Featured Artist

Flynn Larsen is a photographer based in Beacon, New York. Born and raised in New York City, she studied English Literature at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and then photography at Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California before starting her photography career in 2000.

Flynn’s work is inspired by the fabric and feeling of everyday life—how  the light falls on the kitchen table, the way her daughter scampers across the yard at dusk, the natural beauty and arrangement of the things we use every day lying about the house.

Commerical projects include work for advertising firms, corporations, colleges and universities, and magazines, as well as families and individuals.  Flynn is also currently working on a book of portraits and writing in collaboration with her father called An Autobiography of an Apartment House, as well as developing body of still life work called Nature Morte (which include the lion and pear images on the cover).

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