Student Creative Writers Honored for Top Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Work

Student Creative Writers Honored for Top Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Work

The University of San Diego’s Department of English announced the student winners of the 2020 Lindsay J. Cropper Center Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest.

An exceedingly high number of entries were submitted and the judges - all professional writers - picked a winner and a runner-up in each category. Each winner receives a $125 cash prize.

Fiction
This year’s Prize in Fiction was judged by Robert Glick, Associate Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the author, most recently, of the short story collection "Two Californias."

Winner: McKenna Christian, "Target Weight"
Runner-Up: Thomas Dolan, "Look on my Work"

Nonfiction
This year’s Prize in Nonfiction was selected by Alex Webb Wilson. Mr. Wilson’s work has been published in Tin House and The New York Times, and he is the editor of The Surfer’s Journal.

Winner: Gurleen Kang, "Gudi, 'Goody,' and the Ghost of Punjab"
Runner-Up: Shaun Morand, "Home"

Poetry
This year’s Prize in Poetry was selected by our Fall semester Cropper Reader Jacqueline Osherow, Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah. Professor Osherow has selected co-winners.

Winners: Olivia Hunt, "Infinity Pool and other poems" and McKenna Christian, "Atonement and other poems."

In addition to the recognition for their work, the USD students read it during a Cropper Student Reading event on April 30. To learn more about the Lindsay J. Cropper Center for Creative Writing, the Cropper Memorial Writers Series with events at USD a few times a year or the annual Cropper Creative Writing Contest in Creative Writing, please visit the website within the USD Department of English.

Congratulations to all of the student winners in the 2020 Lindsay J. Cropper Center Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest. Prizes were awarded for top fiction, nonfiction and poetry works.Congratulations to all of the student winners in the 2020 Lindsay J. Cropper Center Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest. Prizes were awarded for top fiction, nonfiction and poetry works.

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