2017 Al Landwehr Fiction Writing Contest and Kevin Clark Poetry Writing Contest Winners

Cal Poly’s English Department is pleased to announce that English major Maria Woodson has won the 2017 Kevin Clark Poetry Writing Contest and psychology major Emma Sturm has won the 2017 Al Landwehr Fiction Writing Contest.

Woodson’s poem “Devotion to the Small Hours of November and Sturm’s story “Expiration Date” both took first-place honors.

Despy Boutris and Marissa Ahmadkhani won second and third places in the poetry contest. Charlotte Kunde and Conor Walsh earned second- and third-place awards in fiction.

All six winners will receive prize money.

Anonymous submissions were read by two separate judging committees. These committees were comprised of English Department faculty members who very generously donated their time. This year, Catherine Waitinas, Leslie St. John, and Kristin Sanders judged poetry, while Sean Green, Marin Smith, and Jonathan Gotsick judged fiction.

The co-editors of the 2017 issue of Byzantium, Valentina Sainato and Becky Zieber, also made Editors’ Choice selections. Poems by Jacob Lopez, Laura Parker, and Kiki Cazares were chosen in poetry, and stories by Alison O’Neill, Cecilia Grimaldi, and Olivia Peluso were selected in fiction.

The students will read from their winning works at the annual Creative Writing Contests Awards Reading, held in spring quarter. Their poems and stories will be published in Cal Poly’s literary annual Byzantium, which will be available for free that night.

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