Byzantium Announces Creative Writing and Art Contest Winners!

Cal Poly’s English Department is pleased to announce the winners of Byzantium’s 2021 poetry and fiction writing contests, as well as the new art contest:

Kevin Clark Poetry Writing Contest

First Place: “Desert, Night,” by Vanya Truong

Second Place: “Zamboni,” by Kavya Makam

Third Place: “My Girl,” by Maya Stahler

Alfred Landwehr Fiction Writing Contest

First Place: “The Inn at the Top of the Hill,” by Doug Caylor

Second Place: “The Snake,” by Abby Edgecumbe

Third Place: “Leda and the Poet,” by Mia Daniele

Art Contest

First Place: “The View,” by Lauryn Akimi Sugai

Second Place: “patterns & i,” by Katie Tam

Third Place: “workspace,” by Katie Tam

The Kevin Clark Poetry Writing Contest was judged by Mag Gabbert, who holds a PhD in creative writing from Texas Tech University and an MFA from The University of California at Riverside. Her essays and poems can be found in 32 Poems, Pleiades, The Rumpus, Thrush, TheMassachusetts Review, Waxwing, The Pinch, and many other journals. Mag is the author of Minml Poems, a chapbook of visual poetry and nonfiction. The Alfred Landwehr Fiction Writing Contest was judged by Akil Kumarasamy, a writer from New Jersey and the author of the story collection, Half Gods, published in 2018, which was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice. She is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers-Newark MFA program and her debut novel is forthcoming with FSG.

All student winners will be awarded a cash prize, and their creative work will be published in July as part of the 31st edition of Byzantium, Cal Poly’s annual literary journal, alongside the rest of the editor’s selections. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, all unveiling events will be held online. The journal will be distributed to winners via mail, while students can pick up a free copy of the journal at the Kennedy Library next year as campus continues to safely open.

Follow @cp_byzantium on Instagram to stay up to date and hear more about the unveiling events!

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