December 2, 2016

The competition was fierce in the Annual Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction Writing Contest at East Central College.  Held by the English Department, it’s a chance for students to showcase their talents each year.

“I think it’s important for students to participate in writing contests,” said English instructor Josh Stroup. “They get a real audience to read their work, not just family or friends. We should celebrate writing, and this contest does just that.”

Each student was allowed a maximum of three entries, and each entry couldn’t be longer than 20 pages.

First place received $100, second place received $50 and third place received $25.

We are proud to announce the 2016 winners!

Fiction Winners:

  • First Place – Cory Pinta’s “The Final Rest Stop”
  • Second Place – Hannah Serafino’s “The Cares of War”
  • Third Place –  Jamie Foutch’s “The Glacier’s Sword”
  • Honorable Mention
    • Tatra Luke’s “The Witch and the Hare”
    • Garrett Cummins’ “Furthest Corners”
    • Nathan O’Rando’s “Impala”

Creative Non-Fiction Winners:

  • First Place – Dustin Triplett’s “The Knife Girl Chronicles”
  • Second Place – Millicent Worley’s “Lovell”
  • Third Place – Israel Neeley’s “Playing House”
  • Honorable Mention – Cory Pinta’s “The Demystification of a Dipsomaniac”

“If you see these people, please give them a round of applause.  They deserve it,” said Stroup. “On behalf of the English Department, I would like to thank all those who submitted to this contest. I also want to thank our judges, Patsy Watts, Linda Barro and Sue Henderson.”

There will be a special reading of the winners’ works on Thursday, December 8 from 10:30-11:45 a.m. in HH 286.

The English Department plans to hold its Poetry and Research Writing Contest this Spring.





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