SSU celebrates annual Student Writing Competition

susan mccomas

April 10, 2012

Shawnee State University celebrated the annual Student Writing Competition at the Shawnee State University Center Ballroom on Wednesday, March 28.

SSU’s Assistant Professor of English and Humanities Neil Carpathios announced the winners of the 2012 Shawnee State University Student Writing Awards.

Students had three categories that they were able to choose from including fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. One winner was chosen from each category with a maximum of two honorable mentions per category.

Each winner received a cash prize of $75 and publication in the spring edition of Silhouette magazine. Each honorable mention received a cash prize of $25 and possible publication in the spring edition of the Silhouette magazine.

The winners and honorable mentions include:

Fiction Category winner: Pike Holt for “Carrying Goliath”; honorable mention: Amanda Ginn for “Duality” and Anthony Webb for “A Refrain”

Creative Nonfiction Category: winner: Christina Jones for “520 Bloom Street”; honorable mention: Kelly Grooms for “And on the Seventh, He Rested”

Poetry Category: winner: Kevin LeMaster for “Blood Orange”; honorable mentions: Barbara Wilson-Battles for “Every Poet Knows a Junkie” and Timothy Schwamberger for “Love Potion.”

“I try to find something ordinary or extraordinary,” said Barbara Wilson-Battles. “I’m always looking for the unexpected in my daily life. That’s what inspires me. It’s nice to be recognized and being appreciated.”

After the presentation of awards, there was an open-mic format for anyone to read from their own original works.

The awards were made possible by a Creative Writing Fund administered by the Shawnee State University Development Foundation. Individuals or organizations interested in contributing to the fund or creating a new fund can call the SSU Development Foundation at 740-351-3284.