In February and March, we asked students if they had a knack for objective writing or making art with words. Dozens submitted their entries for the English Department’s Annual Poetry and Research Writing Contest.

“There was a lot of debate from our judges this year,” said English instructor Josh Stroup. “We were very impressed with the entries. It was hard to narrow it down to choose the winners!”

In the poetry category, Cory Pinta took first place with “Panic Pete.” Second place went to Israel Neely for “Not Inclusive,” and third place was given to Miranda Murray’s “Clair de Lune.” Honorable mention went to Cory Pinta and her piece “Self-Portrait Interrupted.”

“All these works will be in the newest edition of The Literary and Art Review,” said Stroup. “We expect to publish it in May along with other works from students.”

In the research category, Emily Dowell’s “The Globalization of English” took home first prize. Second place went to Moriah Swoboda and her paper “Avian Intelligence.” Third place was awarded to Israel Neely’s “The Black Female Protagonist.” Honorable mention went to Emily Dowell’s “No Struggle, No Problem.”

First prize winners were given $100! Second prize winners were given $50, and third prize winners received $25.

“This contest truly offered students an opportunity to participate without the anxiety of immediate appraisal of them or their work,” Stroup said. “We appreciate everyone who submitted something!”





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