RIPLEY — The West Virginia Writers held its annual conference and awards banquet June 13 – 15 at Cedar Lakes in Ripley.
Jann Hoke, of Branchland, won four first place awards. Hoke won blue ribbons and $1125 in prize money for her entries in Nonfiction, Poetry, Stage Play, and Appalachian Writing. She also won second place in the Short Story category and two third place awards.
“I am thrilled,” said Hoke. “I am especially pleased that I won two awards for pieces inspired by my husband, Jay. Being married to a judge is such a creative kick for me.”
Hoke is married to Jay M. Hoke, Chief Judge, Lincoln/Boone counties. She is the director of the Governor’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office.
Hoke has been published in the online magazines, Slate and ThoughtCatalog, and has won the Charleston FestivALL Location Play contest three times. She is a current “Top Writer” on the international website Quora.
Every year since 1982, West Virginia Writers, Inc., (WVW) sponsors the state’s largest writing competition. This year’s competition gave awards in twenty-one categories, each with a different judge. The contest received over 800 entries from over twenty different states and countries, and awarded over $6000 in prize money.
The annual competition is open to state residents and all WVW members. The competition also has categories for young people which awards prizes for grades 1 - 5, 6 - 8 and 9 - 12.