April 3, 2013
On Monday, March 25, students were awarded for their work in the fifth-annual Student Writing Awards at Shawnee State University.
The contest, which was open to any current SSU student, offered awards for three different categories: Best Short Fiction, Best Poetry, and Best Creative Non-Fiction. Winners in each of the three categories received $100 dollars in addition to a certificate exhibiting the accomplishment. There was a $25 award, also with a certificate, for honorable mentions.
The money for the prizes was collected from the university's Creative Writing Fund, a collection started by an anonymous donor specifically for advancing creative writing at SSU.
In the first category presented, short fiction, the winning story was titled "Funeral for a Dog," written by Andy McClave. The two honorable mentions were Brandon J. Hughs' "The Kidnapping" and Zack Burton's "Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness."
In the poetry category, the winning prize was given to Amy Clark-Barnhart for her composition titled "I Am From…" As with the Short Fiction category, two honorable mentions were also named: Lyndsay Hieneman's "In the Headlights" and Zack Burton's "Fungal."
In the third and final category, creative nonfiction, Zack Burton's "Apostasy" was the winning story. There was also an honorable mention in the creative nonfiction category, titled "Senso-ji" and written by Andy McClave.
For more information about the ceremony or about donating to the Creative Writing Fund, contact Neil Carpathios at email@example.com. Check out the winning submissions in the spring issue of Silhouette Magazine, available for free at SSU.