Moved By Wonder Short Story Contest: Winners Announced!


Flannery O’Connor Doll by Diana Mastrodomenico, Misfit Exhibition, Moved By Wonder Conference

We are pleased to announced the winners of our recent Moved by Wonder Short Story Contest.  The Contest was a part of the Moved By Wonder Conference, held from June 13th and 14th , to honour the life and works of author Flannery O’Connor, who died at the early age of 39.

The aim of the contest was to expose student writers to the works of Flannery O’Connor by challenging them to rework, reimagine or pay homage to O’Connor’s seminal short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”.

The first place winner’s work will be published in an e-book through the JCU Institute for Creative Writing & Literary Translation.  While the second and third place winners’ works will be posted on our blog (as desired).





We thank all participants, who took the time to share with us their creativity and to celebrate with us the life of Flannery O’Connor.

Also, thank you to everyone, who participated in the Moved By Wonder Conference, especially to Dr. William Sessions, Michael Paul Gallghr SJ, Marc Bosco SJ, Alessandro Zaccuri, Antonio Zirilli, Davide Rondoni, Jim White, Karin Coonrod, the artists of the Misfit Exhibition,  and the English Theatre Company of Rome.   It was your participation that made it the wonderful and exciting event that it was.

A special thank you to our professors, Carlos Dews, Elizabeth Geoghegan and Andrew Rutt, and to our intern Alexandra Summers,  with all of whom both conference and contest would never have happened.

Below are some more images from the two-day conference:


“Eat”, art installation by Jahan Gehet, Misfit Exhibition, Moved By Wonder Conference


Art installation by Professor Andrew Rutt, Misfit Exhibition, Moved By Wonder Conference

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