Arts & Humanities

Utah State University Creative Writing and Art Contest Announces 2020 Winners

By Charles Waugh |

Andrew Romriell's photograph, Children of the World, took first place in the Art category of the contest.

The Utah State University Creative Writing and Art Contest has named the winners in its 27th annual competition, recognizing the best creative work by USU students. Open to all USU undergraduate and graduate students from all departments and disciplines, the contest awards top writers of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, as well as visual artists in drawing, painting and photography. Each category received the blind review of expert judges drawn from the USU and Cache Valley arts community. 

Winners this year ranged from across campus, demonstrating the strength and vibrancy of the USU arts and writing community. The contest received submissions from over twenty different majors and from all eight undergraduate colleges.

Judge Brock Dethier was especially impressed with the versatility of the graduate submissions, which “demonstrated beautifully the variety possible in good poetry. The top two entries were as different as Dickinson and Whitman, one offering carefully crafted, tight gems, the other expansive narratives full of charming voice.”

This is the fourth year the contest has partnered with USU’s new, international undergraduate literary journal, Sink Hollow. The winning entries will be published in April in a special contest issue, giving this work an international audience.

2020 USU CREATIVE WRITING AND ART CONTEST WINNERS

ART WINNERS

Undergraduate

  • FIRST: Michelle Hartvigsen, Trompe L'oeil
  • SECOND: Nikki Christensen, Dragon
  • THIRD: Amy Larsen, Walking on Water

HONORABLE MENTION: Amber Healey, Broken Light #4; Michelle Hartvigsen, Back Again, Another Life, Despondent, Window View; Nikki Christensen, Desert Snow, Forgotten Spring; Amy Larsen, Bomagotchi girl, Reflection of Field Worker

Graduate

  • FIRST: Andrew Romriell, Children of the World

HONORABLE MENTION: Andrew Romriell, Into the Mountain, Spiraling, Swift, Winter Mists

FICTION WINNERS

Undergraduate

  • FIRST: Justyn Hardy, In the Narrows South of Thayne
  • SECOND: Madison Silva, Good Will
  • THIRD: Claire Atwood, Take Once a Day

Graduate

  • FIRST: Niyonta Nahia Chowdhury-Magaña, Brickland Redgreen
  • SECOND: Andrew Romriell, An Easy, 10-Step Guide to Painting Addiction
  • THIRD: Tyler Hurst, The Processor

NONFICTION WINNERS

Undergraduate

  • FIRST: Marie Skinner, Slant Etymology
  • SECOND: Amrutha Obulasetty, The Best Shade of Brown
  • THIRD: Madison Silva, Conversion

Graduate

  • FIRST: Andrew Romriell, A Re-established Poetic Dictionary of the Voiceless
  • SECOND: Alyssa Witbeck Alexander, Starved
  • THIRD: Kelsie Peterson, Rites of Passage

POETRY WINNERS

Undergraduate

  • FIRST: Justyn Hardy, Losing Virginity, Wyoming, My Thirty-Aught-Six
  • SECOND: Jordan Forest, Grief, The Wicked Witch is Dead, Oracle Bones
  • THIRD: Jacob Taylor, Doctor, All the Ones I Cannot Love, This is Me

Graduate

  • FIRST: Britt Allen, Mastectomy, January, Domesticated
  • SECOND: Niyonta Nahia Chowdhury-Magaña, Dinner Time: Kurigram, 1971, Goodnight Sweetheart, How to Kill a Brown Mouse
  • THIRD: Andrew Romriell, 3am Considerations, I Like to Sweep, When he asks How are you?

WRITER

Charles Waugh
Associate Professor
Department of English
435-797-3481
charles.waugh@usu.edu


MEDIA CONTACT

Charles Waugh
Associate Professor
Department of English
435-797-3481
charles.waugh@usu.edu


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