Young Writers Contest Update

On Wednesday afternoon, November 14th, James Clemens High School in Madison, Alabama hosted Huntsville Literary Association (HLA)  member, Steve Gierhart, to discuss the High School Short Story Division contest, named in honor of Dorothy Hendry, a founding member of HLA.  Steve was peppered with questions and obvious enthusiasm in the auditorium of this beautiful school that, like the Dorothy Diemer Hendry Award for Literary Achievement, is enjoying its inaugural year.  Lucas Copeland and Anna Marie Shipman volunteered to be James Clemens’ student advocates for the Young Writers’ Contest.  Mr. Lucas Powell, sponsor and English teacher, was gracious in his thanks for HLA’s participation.  HLA looks forward to working with Lucas and Mr. Clay Combs who hosts James Clemens Creative Writing Class.  Clay was unable to attend today’s festivities.

Time did not allow a complete discussion of details of the contest.  However, students are asked to visit for further details, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a copy of the guidelines.

James Clemons High School students listen to HLA Member Steve Gierhart discuss the High School Short Story Division of Young Writers’ Contest

Steve Gierhart
Dale “Steve” Gierhart is a retired business manager for the United States Army. Based in Huntsville, Alabama on Redstone Arsenal, his career lasted from 1975 to 2010 in which he managed contracts, finances/accounting, and cost estimating for several missile defense systems, among which were Stinger, Avenger, Chaparral, Sentinel, JLENS, SLAMRAAM, and Non-Line of Sight.  The author wishes to thank the many co-workers, peers, and contractors who made these programs successful.  It is their tireless work that brought these systems to the soldier that needed them.  While budget constraints made it difficult for some of their work to see its full potential, they never blinked, they adjusted.  They persevered. Steve hails from Shawnee, Oklahoma; but most of his adult life has been spent in the beautiful hills of North Alabama where he lives with his wife, Bonny, who raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Between them, Steve and Bonny have 5 children and 7 grandchildren, and another grandbaby is on the way. Steve enjoys writing now that he is retired and plans more excursions of the imagination. He and Bonny, a retired engineer who worked as a contractor on several NASA and Army programs, will travel in their retirement though 15 horses, 4 dogs and 3 cats can crimp the best of plans.