2024 Rash Award in Fiction and Poetry

The Broad River Review is pleased to announce the results of the 2024 Rash Awards in Fiction and Poetry.

Taylor Brown, of Savannah, Georgia, won the 2024 Rash Award in Fiction for his story “The Trembling Earth.” Joanna Pearson served as judge.

Summer Hardinge, of Darnestown, Maryland, won the 2024 Rash Award in Poetry for her poem “Contents of Lincoln’s Pockets.” Jaki Shelton Green served as judge.

Joanna Pearson also named Herb Zarov’s story “Soul Mates” as an honorable mention story.

Jaki Shelton Green also named Ali Beheler’s “Looming,” Daryl Herring’s “Stigmata in Nature,” Dianne Mason’s “Easter at Enchanted Rock,” and Claire Scott’s “Where to Begin Again” as honorable mention poems.

The 2025 Rash Awards in Fiction and Poetry will open for submissions on February 1, 2025.


What are the Rash Awards?

In 2010, the Broad River Review began two new contests, called the Rash Awards, named in honor of Ron Rash, a 1976 graduate of Gardner-Webb University.  Rash’s first published work appeared in the pages of this literary review (a poem, “Last Night’s Ride” and a story, “Turtle Meat”).  Rash grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, home to Gardner-Webb University, and earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Gardner-Webb and Clemson universities, respectively.