PRCC students compete in Southern Literary Festival

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Seven creative writing students at Pearl River Community College Forrest County Center have had their work selected for competition at the Southern Literary Festival.The festival began in 1936 at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi and will be held March 29-31 at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.Students and their work selected for competition are:Michaela Donohue of Oak Grove, Beautiful in the short fiction category.Eddie Hodges of Purvis; The Embrace of Broken Branches in poetry.Carolyn Lucas of Petal, Of Cheerleaders and Snake Oil in academic essay.Caroline Ratliff of Hattiesburg, Stealing Kegs in creative nonfiction.Jordan Smalley of Petal, Words in poetry.Pamela Snyder of Dixie, An Unforgivable Secret in short fiction.Kimberly Williams of Oak Grove, Nanny Story in creative nonfiction.Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.PRCC is one of only four Mississippi community colleges participating in the conference. The others are East Central, Hinds and Itawamba.Dr. Terri Ruckel is creative writing instructor at the PRCC Forrest County Center.