Five students at Alderson Broaddus University have received top honors in the annual writing contests sponsored by the Alderson Broaddus literature and writing faculty and the student editorial board of InFlux, the campus literary publication.

In the poetry contest, Nathan Selby, a senior English: Creative Writing major from Chesapeake, Virginia, received first place for his poem “Memory of Childhood.” Second place was awarded to Rebekah Hoxie, a senior Visual Arts major from Philippi, West Virginia, for her poem “Night Walks.”  Ali Neace, a senior Journalism and Professional Writing major from Wilkinson, West Virginia, received the third place award for her poem “Nanny.”

In the short story contest, Emily Porter, a sophomore English: Literature major from Havelock, North Carolina, was awarded first place for her story “Without Me.” Rob Reaser, a senior English: Creative Writing major from Moatsville, West Virginia, received second place for his story “The Day a Posse of Drugstore Cowboys Invaded Pleasant Springs to Kidnap Mayor McGilley.” Ali Neace also received third place for her story “The Satyr and His Nymph.”

Contest entries were judged this year by Barbara Smith. Barbara Smith is a Professor Emerita of Literature and Writing at Alderson Broaddus and is former Chair of the Humanities Division. Barbara is the author of numerous books, and she has written more than 300 poems, short stories, and articles. She recently published a third novel titled Through the Glass. She lives in Philippi, West Virginia with her family.

The winning poems and short stories, along with other works by Alderson Broaddus University students, faculty, and alumni, will appear in InFlux 2014.  For information about receiving this publication, contact Professor Jeff Del Col, faculty advisor for InFlux and Professor of Literature and Writing, at 304 457-6313 or