The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.
Winner of the 2017 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize from the North Carolina Writers' Network was Virginia Ewing Hudson of Raleigh, North Carolina, for her short story "Mother." Final judge Wiley Cash, who chose Hudson's story from more than 200 submissions, describes it as "a portrait of childhood grief and the ways in which children wade through it." Hudson was a previous finalist for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and her story "Silo" won the Women's Writing Award from Firefly Ridge Magazine. She also teaches cello at Meredith College.
Cash awarded an honorable mention to Jane Shlensky of Bahama, North Carolina, for "Clean Burn." Both stories are published in this issue of The Thomas Wolfe Review (see pages 113-122). For more information about the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize from the North Carolina Writers' Network, which is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, see page 179.