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USU Creative Writing and Art Contest Announces 2014 Winners

Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014

"Frozen," by artist Wonjun Han, the first-place image in the undergraduate art division of the 2014 Creative Writing Competition.

The Utah State University Creative Writing Contest has named the winners in its 21st annual competition, recognizing top work by USU students. The contest is coordinated by USU’s Department of English.

Open to all USU undergraduate and graduate students from all departments and disciplines, the contest received 165 entries from students in 22 areas of study across seven colleges. Each category received the blind review of three expert judges drawn from the USU and Cache Valley writing community.

“The contest creates campus-wide excitement around creative writing and provides a forum for students to share their wonderful work,” said Ben Gunsberg, one of the judges for the competition and a professor of English at Utah State University. “Even if a person doesn’t win, there is a value to submitting because the competitive pressure of the contest often inspires writers to revisit and revise their work.”

Each spring, the USU Creative Writing Contest publishes the winners in Scribendi, a literary magazine dedicated to the recognition of exemplary writing and artwork done by the USU student body.

“The contest opens up opportunities to students across campus — it gives them the chance to pursue their creative interests outside their studies, and gives them a venue to share their creative work,” Gunsberg said.

This year’s winners will get the chance to share that work on the magazine’s release date, April 24, when they will also give a live reading at Helicon West.

“It’s always a great, festive night when the contest winners read at Helicon,” said Charles Waugh, the contest director.  “It’s a night to celebrate not only the work selected by the judges, but our whole, vibrant writing community here at USU and in Cache Valley.”

The April 24th reading of Scribendi at Helicon West will be held on the USU campus in Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 101.

The 2014 USU Creative Writing Contest Winners are:

Undergraduate Fiction

First: Mitch Hawk, “The Last Stop for Bus 59”

Second: Alex Erickson, “The High One”

Third: Lorelle Frank, “Weirdest Things Found in Stiffs”

Undergraduate NonFiction

First: Crystal Hendersen, “we are strong as a string stuck inside of an ice cube stuck inside of an iceberg we are as unto diamonds”

Second: Lela Richardson, “Floating and Falling”

Third: Millie Tullis, “Flesh Memories”

Undergraduate Poetry

First: Stacie Denetsosie, “The Indian Beauty,” “Putty Faced Baby,” “Grandma”

Second: Nissele Contreras, “Roman Candle,” “Tuesday,” “Squirm”

Third: Isaac Timm, “The Yellow Line,” “The Girl from Vegas Drives Away,” “Caliban Buys a Duster Coat”

Graduate Fiction

First: Kendall Pack, “Last Lovers on Mars”

Second: Christina Sitton, “Throwing Stones”

Third: Jesse Betts, “Albatross”

Graduate NonFiction

First: Caitlin Erickson, “Standing at the Ledge and Looking Out”

Second: MaryAnn Widerburg, “Burial Ground”

Third: Angela Turnbow, “Becoming No Savior”

Graduate Poetry

First: Christina Sitton, “El Camino,” “The Other Side,” “In the Land of Guns and Horses”

Second: Caitlin Erickson, “Walking to Tandoori After Freezing Rain,” “Tension,” “Thaw”

Third: Lori Lee, “Foreign Music or More than One Way to Say a Thing,” “Prayers,” “Enough Already”

Undergraduate Art

First: Wonjun Han, “Frozen”

Second: Maria Williams, “First Dam, September”

Third: Wonjun Han, “Old Friends”

Honorable Mention:

            Kristine Jackson, “The Ending of a Good Day”

            Wonjun Han, “The Key,” “Fairies,” “Under the Tree,” “For Freedom”

            Bryan Strain, “Pure,” “Veteran’s Day 1,”“Dancing”

            Lorelle Frank, “Eris”

            Sarah Timmerman, “River Liffey,” “Cliff Side,” “Westgate Street”

Graduate Art

Honorable Mention: Angela Turnbow, “Home by the River”

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