A Carbondale man is one of the winners in the 2017 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.
Bryce Berkowitz received third place for his poem entitled Explain Yourself.
Berkowitz joins a long list of southern Illinois writers to win awards in the 13 years of the competition created by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White.
Past recipients include two-time winner Whittney Jones of Harrisburg, Christopher Wilson and Jonathan Veach, both of Carbondale, Jonathan Travelstead of Murphysboro, Elizabeth Ziglinski of Marion and Peggy Davis of Mt. Vernon.
You can read Berkowitz's winning entry here.