2017 Utah State University Creative Writing Contest Announces Winners
The Utah State University Creative Writing Contest has named the winners in its 24th 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 painting and photography. Each category received the blind review of expert judges drawn from the USU and Cache Valley arts community.
The competition this year was very close, with the high quality of work making the judges’ work difficult. “I didn't see myself judging these pieces as much as genuinely enjoying them for their thoughtful honesty and construction,” said one of the poetry judges, Mary Ellen Greenwood. “Each poet had strong moments, and I am impressed with the level of creative writing talent from USU students.”
This year marks the first year the contest will partner with USU’s new, international undergraduate literary journal, Sink Hollow. The winning entries will be published in a special contest issue, giving this work an international audience.
This year’s winners will also get the chance to share their work locally on April 27th, when they will give a reading at Helicon West.
“It’s always such a fun night when the winners read at Helicon,” said the contest director, Charles Waugh. “It’s a time to celebrate not only the winning work, but also our whole, vibrant writing community here at USU and in Cache Valley.”
The Helicon West reading of the contest winning work will be held April 27th on the USU campus in Library 101 at 7pm.
2017 USU Creative Writing Contest Winners
|First:||Abi Newhouses||How We Fall|
|Second:||Brandyn Hawkes||Cost of Steel|
|Third:||Andrew Simpson||I am Your Messiah|
||Her Body as Petals|
|First:||Andrew Romriell||Painting a One-Night, Release, The Pulp On Which We Write|
|Second:||Millie Tullis||Tradition, Grocery Store Line, A Month Ago I killed Mouse|
|Third:||Chris Davis||Modern Poetry, Observation Log 11/08/2016, You'll Know It When You Find It|
|Second:||Anastasia Lugo Mendez||Ghost Light|
|Third:||Keoki Kemp||Desert Rats|
|First:||Keoki Kemp||Faux Fire Starter|
||Kindling, Sustenance, and Science|
|Second:||Lauren Ducas||Travels Through the Southwest with The Greatest Dr Zen and the Guardian Alien; Nehallenia's Temple is Buried by the Tide; To Live in the House Where Your Brother Died|
|Third:||Kathryn Christian||Carp, Love Song on the Quad, A Walk with a Distant Lover on Cannon Beach|
|Second:||Natsumi Then Shimazaki||Cyclops Tropics & Lofticries|
|Third:||Chris Davis||Burano Windows|
|Chris Davis||Forest Focus|
|Bailee Jones||Inquietude, Sister, Not Sunday|
|Natsumi Then Shimazaki||cinem v lese parts 1+2, Blending in Nature: Natural and Urban Coalescence|
|Luke Lemon||Dog Days are Over 1, 2, 3, +5|
|Janet E Allen-Hancock||ALTPolarVortex|
|First:||Lauren Ducas||Near Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon|
|Second:||Lauren Ducas||Sunset at Bear Lake, Utah|
|Third:||Hailey Cragun||Brush Curve|