Congratulations to Carole Harris Barton! Carole is the Grand Prize Winner in our first-ever Devin Alexander Creative Writing Contest.

Carole’s winning submission, a 563-word nonfiction piece titled “Them People,” is an uplifting story about her encounter with a homeless woman.

Thank you, Carole, for shedding your light on us.

Thank you also to runners-up Lauren McLaughlin (fiction: “Andy Warhol’s Greatest Fan“) and Marita Rahlenbeck (Poetry: “Nature Wakes“).

And thank you to all the other 47 talented, giving people who shared their fiction, nonfiction and poetry with us. Unfortunately, we could only have one winner, but every one of you deserves a prize.


Carole Harris Barton

Carole Harris Barton, wife, mother, and grandmother, has authored two books since her retirement from a career in public service. When God Gets Physical is an inspiring collection of true stories about people who heard God’s voice, felt his touch, or saw a sign of his presence. Rainbows in Coal Country is a memoir about her childhood adventures at the coalmine in Kentucky where her father worked. Carole lives in Clearwater, Florida, where she is active in church and music groups. She is the primary caregiver of her husband, one of the estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease.