COL Darron L. Wright Award Winners

Thanks to all the writers who submitted for the 2018 Darron L. Wright Award. We loved reading your work and are inspired by the creativity and ingenuity it took to write these pieces.

The winner of the short fiction contest is “Some Kind of Storm“ by Travis Klempan.

Second place goes to “Green“ by Brian Braden.

Third place goes to “October’s Daughter” by Brian Kerg.

Other finalists were “Fumes” by D.A. Gray and “Maneuvering Watch or A Way to Punch Holes in the Sea” by Jude Griggs.

The winner of the Poetry contest is “No Rolling, Shrink” by Ryan Stovall.

Second Place Goes to “Inshallah Manana” by Randy Brown.

Third place goes to “Maneuvering” by Colin Sargent.

Other finalists for poetry were “Night Hump, Quantico,” “KD Range,” and “RIMPAC, USS Bonhomme Richard” by Dark Laughter and ”Light Pollution” by D. A. Gray.

Because a nation deserves to hear its veterans’ stories.

Fitzgerald and Bierce, Vonnegut and Hemingway, O’Brien and Salinger. Some of the finest writers in American history served in the U.S. military during times of war. Line of Advance is a non-profit literary journal committed to providing a platform for the voices of the next wave of great American writers. Join us and take part in the American literary experience.

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We are currently accepting submissions of writing, photography, and art to showcase on LOA. We’re committed to promoting, networking, and helping to develop veteran writers and artists of all kinds. If you have work to submit, work to be seen, or even just a question, please reach out to us. You’re the reason we’re here.


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