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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