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Celebration of writing excellence encourages winners to write more

Eight finalists were recognized for their creative writing during the Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Awards ceremony held March 12. The top written works were selected from over 100 entries during the celebration of writing excellence. The two top finalists—awarded $1,000 each—said they were encouraged to write even more because of this recognition.

One award winner discovered a little bit more about herself through her poem “Diameter of the Sun.”  


Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Awards winners Kinsley Moon (left) and Caroline Duckworth.

“I chose the topic because at the time I was writing, I was in the throws of my eating disorder,” said junior creative writing major Caroline Duckworth of Cumming, Georgia. “It really helped me figure out where my disorder was coming from and what the first step was in helping me get through this.”

Freshman English major with a focus on creative writing Kinsley Moon, who wrote “Suffer the Witch,” spent three days on her short story by taking the “cliché witch” and morphing her into another character.

“I really love the aspect of building the characters and making them into real people that you can relate to and feel for,” she said. “You want to see them do well. And you feel bad for them when bad things happen to them. I like creating people for people to love.”

Moon not only enjoys writing, but helping others with their stories. So much so, she dreams of becoming a publisher someday.

“Winning this award means so much to me,” she said. “I’ve never done anything with my writing. I’ve always kept it to myself. So, it’s so validating to have other people tell me, ‘We’ve really enjoyed your story.’ It just makes me feel so much more confident in my own writing and makes me feel better about writing more.”

Duckworth and Moon plan to spend their cash prizes on their education. The other finalists also received cash prizes. 


Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Awards finalists from left to right are: Brittney Schwind
of Suwanee, Georgia, Emma Smith of Stockbridge, Georgia, Jaycee Billington of
Folkston, Georgia, Madeline Ender of Cumming, Georgia, Jessalyn Johnson of
Nichols, Georgia, and Claire Korzekwa of Stephens, Georgia.

Wilson’s college experience was critical to her intellectual growth and development, stimulating her desire to explore the world beyond her hometown. The writing award in her honor is designed to inspire students to explore new worlds— remaining grounded but also being imaginative and creative. Granted annually to two Georgia College undergraduate students, The Margaret Harvin Wilson Writing Awards were established in memory of Margaret Harvin Wilson, ’34. When she was a senior at Georgia College, a teacher encouraged her to enter a short story contest. Winning first place in 1933 for “Sympathy Speaks” gave her great confidence for her subsequent career as a teacher.

The contest is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Georgia College within the following disciplines — arts, humanities, social sciences and physical sciences. It offers awards and cash prizes to two winners and cash prizes for finalists for writing excellence in poetry, drama or short story.

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