Awards and Prizes

Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients

2016 Virginia F. Ireys English Teacher Scholarship

Angela Jimenez Velayos

2017 Friends of the Arts Scholarship

Sally Luna

2017 Creative Nonfiction Contest

First Prize: Kezie Marshall, “Fawns Should Never Die”

Second Prize: Allen Jang, “American Chinese”

Third Prize: Victoria Quistgaard, “Moxie’s Purpose”

Honorable Mentions:

1. Wendy Medina, “Never-Ending Summer”

2. Cynia Sapp, “Dial Green Soap”

3. Matt Biundo, “Decisions in 35mm”

4. Maryam Bargzie, “Her”

Finalists for the prize were chosen anonymously by Frances Lefkowitz.

2017 Robert V. Williams Fiction Contest

First Prize:  Brianna R. Verdugo, "Sea of Green"

Second Prize: Deb Grove, "Rosie's Story"

Third Prize: Brian Bosen, "Mr. Ichabod Lester Kransten"

Honorable Mentions;

Mohamed Algarmi, "Osama"

Kezia Marshall, "The Land of Milk and Honey"

Wendy Medina, "How Can You Promise the World?"

Finalists for the prize were chosen anonymously by Kristin FitzPatrick.

2017 Flash Fiction and Nonfiction Contest

First Prize: Brianna R. Verdugo, "Ghost Rider"

Second Prize: Allen Jang, "Other Tongue" 

Third Prize: Matt Biundo, "Headache"

Honorable Mentions:

1. Brian Bosen, "Fixing a Leaky Pipe"

2. Emilie White, "Grand Slam”

3. Chase Burkett, "Small Talk"

Finalists for the prize were chosen anonymously by Kara Vernor.

2017 Donald Markos Poetry Prize

First Prize: Emilie White, "How to Live Alone"

Second Prize: Brandi Carroll, "Turning Tides"

Third Prize: Kamillah Mendoza, "Gone Missing"

Honorable Mentions:

1. Lorraine Gomez, "Inner 'Thots"

2. Evan Lindemann, Ode to a Dish Washer

3. Jackie Spence, "And No Birds Sing"

Finalists for the prize were chosen anonymously by Donald Markos.

2017 DeClerq Poetry Contest

First Prize: Brandi Carroll, "Oh, D"

Second Prize: Daneila Chavez, "Attrition"

Third Prize: Brianna Rose Verdugo, "The Ballad of Sallie Mae"

Finalists for the prize were chosen anonymously by the DeClercq family.

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