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Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum Announces Short Fiction Contest Winners


PIGGOTT, Ark. – Justin Lee Hunsperger of the University of Central Arkansas has won first place in the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum’s second annual short fiction contest.  His story, “Coming Home,” which the judge Roland Mann said, "is a wonderfully written piece that illuminates the familial struggles of addictions of all sorts and the pains they bring to families."  
Hunsperger is a junior mid-level education major at UCA, with an emphasis on language arts and science.  He is a native of Missouri and spent nine years as a combat medic.
Sheree Hackworth of Lyon College and Logan Hilliard of the University of Arkansas were runners-up for the prize.  Joining Hunsperger, Hackworth, and Hilliard on the shortlist are La’Teaikia Alexander (University of Arkansas), Keith Laster (University of Arkansas), Kelby Newcomb (Lyon College) and M. Jackson Tyler (John Brown University).

Mann, a writer, editor, speaker and professor, served as the judge for the event.  He is best known for co-creating and writing the comic series “Cat & Mouse.”  As editor, Mann is known for his work at Malibu/Marvel Comics, where he edited a host of titles.  He also served as editor and publisher of “Silverline,” a line of independent comics. 
In addition to his work in comics, Mann has been a newspaper editor, and more recently, he taught creative writing at the university level.  He is also a frequent speaker at writing workshops and conferences.  His first novel, “Buying Time,” was published in 2010.  Additional information can be found on his website www.rolandmann.me.
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer short fiction contest is open to undergraduate students at public and private institutions in the state of Arkansas.  
The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) is an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, located in Piggott.  More information can be found at hemingway.astate.edu.
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Roland Mann
Roland Mann, judge of Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum short fiction contest