National Student Literary Competition Winners Announced
The winners of the 2003-2004 Student Literary Competition, hosted by Seattle Community College District and coordinated by Judy Bentley, Tracy Heinlein and Nada Oakley, were recently announced. The First Place awards were presented to Debra Schneider, Lane Community College, for her essay titled “A Misunderstood Angel Wakes Up,” Shannon Crandon, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning , for hershort story “Saint,” Amy White, Kirkwood Community College, for her one-act play titled “The Way It Starts,” and Jason W. Sterenberg, Moraine Valley Community College, for his poetry piece entitled “Surveyor.”
The Second Place awards were won by Eric Houghton, Seattle Central Community College, for his essay “Riding Shotgun,”Matthew Bell, Delta College, for his short story titled “White Lines and Headlights,” Lisa Cooper, Windward Community College, for her one-act play titled “Packing for Boot Camp,” and Brandon Brook Michalik, Phoenix College, for his poem titled “Probability.”
The Third Place awards were given to Sara Holwerda, Delta College, for her essay titled “Taking the Stand,” Kyla Wetherell, Lane Community College for her short story titled “The Organ,” Harmony Nicole DeLeon, Phoenix College, for her one-act play titled “Fresh Wild,” and Tyler Muto, Monroe Community College for his poem “In St. Poluso.”
Honorable mention was given to Diayn Day, Glendale Community College for her essay titled “The Fruits of Obsession,” Shawn K. Ah Sing-Bombard , Honolulu Community College for her essay titled “A Daughter’s Choice,” Rebecca N. Tatro, Central Piedmont Community College for her short story titled “Eva,” Cliff Burke, Santa Fe Community College for his short story titled “Froman Evictus,” Scott Martin, St. Louis Community College for his one-act play titled “The Silent Lamb,” Dejah Patterson, North Seattle Community College for the poem titled “Kalama,” Lara Coley, Lane Community College for her poem titled “To Begin With,” and Janet Ruth Opheim Peters, Kirkwood Community College for her poem titled “When I Was Six.”
Under the leadership of Seattle Community College District, the competition included over 50 literary works from League colleges. A catalog of all entries is currently being produced by Seattle and will be mailed to all League members this fall.
The jurors for this year’s Student Literary Competition were Amy Wheeler (One-Act Play), Molly Gloss (Short Story), Marin Bell (Poetry) and Lydia Minatoya (Personal Essay). Each of the judges has published works and won awards for their literary pieces.
Amy Wheeler is a Seattle-based playwright whose work is being seen on the East and West coasts in Seattle's FringeACT Festival, Portland Center Stage's JAW West Festival, the Bay Area Playwright's Festival, New York Drama League's New Directors/New Works Project and the Guggenheim Museum. Molly Gloss is the author of numerous books, including “Outside the Gates,” and “The Jump-Off Creek.” She has been honored with the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the H. L. Davis Oregon Book Award, and many others. Marvin Bell’s literary honors include awards from the Academy of American Poets , the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Lydia Minatoya's work has received awards from the American PEN Center 's Jerard Award, The Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Award, the American Library Association's Notable Book Award, the New York Public Library's Books to Remember Award, and the Washington State Governor's Writers Award.
The 2004-2005 competition will be hosted by the Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and coordinated by Joe Aversa.