NC Literary Hall of Fame



ASHEVILLE—Alli Marshall of Asheville has won the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for her short story, “Catching Out.” Alli will receive $1,000 and publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

Final judge Ron Rash selected "Catching Out" from more than 200 entries. This was the most entries in the history of The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.

Alli Marshall is the Arts & Entertainment editor and lead writer at Asheville's alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress, where she's worked for thirteen years. She recently won the 2016 Shrewd Writer Award for flash fiction and was a runner-up in the annual Broad River Review Rash Award in fiction. Alli holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Her prose and poetry has been published in Blurt!, Shuffle, Our State, MetroPop, FifeLines, and the Asheville Poetry Review. Her debut novel, How to Talk to Rockstars, was published by Logosophia Books in 2015. She's currently at work on a new novel set in a mysterious library. She is the Asheville area regional rep for the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh and Katrin Redfern of Brooklyn, New York, were named runners-up for their short stories "Wendell Berry's Peace" and “Love’s Archive,” respectively.

Originally from Hendersonville, Heather Bell Adams now lives in Raleigh where she is a lawyer. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Broad River Review, Clapboard House, Pembroke Magazine, Gravel, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere.

Katrin Redfern was born in London and raised in the States. She currently lives in Brooklyn where you can find her writing for radio, theater, and the page.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize is open to all writers, regardless of geographic location or prior publication. Submitted stories must be unpublished and not exceed twelve double-spaced pages.

The 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers. The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC-Asheville.

The Thomas Wolfe Review is the official journal of The Thomas Wolfe Society, publishing articles, features, tributes, and reviews about Wolfe and his circle. It also features bibliographical material, notes, news, and announcements of interest to Society members.

Final judge Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, as well as four other prizewinning novels. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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