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USU Creative Writing Contest

The USU Creative Writing Contest is open to all USU students from all departments and majors. Each year, the contest receives hundreds of entries, and the judging is often competitive and close, so we want to thank and congratulate all the students who have participated.  We urge all USU students to cultivate their talent and to keep writing--for love of the word and the craft. The submission deadline each year is the first week in February. See the Submission Instructions below for more details.

Sink Hollow

In recent years, the magazine of the USU Creative Writing Contest has been Scribendi. Below you can find links to past years’ issues. Beginning in 2017, winners of the USU Creative Writing Contest will be published in a special contest issue of Sink Hollow.

Submission Instructions

2018 USU Creative Writing Contest Winners



                        First: Vivian Gates, Elizabeth

                        Second: Natalie Fjeldsted, Marble in the Rain

                        Third: Abby Stewart, Funeral Flowers


                        First: Nate Hardy, Value

                        Second: Chelsea Beck, Who

                        Third: Katrina Funk, Just a Sword


                        First:  Donna Metzler, Kingdoms, Syntax, Still Life

                        Second: Mark Smeltzer, Commonsensual

                        Third: Nicholas Renshaw, Heavymetalboy, Feather Earrings


                        First:  Anne Lachmar, Flower Child

                        Second: Luke Lemmon, Liquid

                        Third: Anne Lachmar, Sophisticated Cat

  Honorable Mentions: Tambi Clark—Fandoms; Luke Lemmon—Cold War Shelter, Onyx Arms, Shadow, Tension;  Anne Lachmar—Firework Pine, Scrap Metal



                        First:  Chris Davis, Dug

                        Second: Richard Blake, The Cavern of the Silver Moon


                        First:  Peter Haugen, On Physics

                        Second: Keoki Kemp, The True Horror of St. Ann’s Retreat

                        Third: Camila Sanabria, Armani


                        First:  Camila Sanabria, A Sister's Burden, Hazel, Artemis

                        Second: Kathryn Christian, See Jane Run, The Lilies

                        Third: Julia Prince, Parable of Pig Tails, Synthetic, Lukewarm


                        First: Chris Davis, Ziggy

  Honorable Mention: Chris Davis, Redwood Fog, Pole, Blown Grass Sunset


2018 1st Place Art Winner: Anne Lachmar, Flower Child

The online versions of the past and present magazines are available to the USU community from the links below:

Scribendi 2017

Scribendi 2016

Scribendi 2015

Scribendi 2014

Scribendi 2013

Scribendi 2012

Scribendi 2011

Scribendi 2010

Scribendi 2009

Scribendi 2008