Cameron University students honored with creative writing awards

Cameron University students were recently honored for their creative writing at the Department of English and Foreign Languages’ banquet.  The fiction, non-fiction, and poetry award winners will be published in “The Gold Mine,” Cameron’s literary arts magazine.

Gary Reddin, Duncan, won the $300 prize in the 2016 Matt P. Haag Creative Writing Scholarship Award for his short story “The Heretic of Cooke County.”  The contest was established in 1996 to honor the memory of former Cameron English major Haag and was judged by approximately 40 of his family members and friends. The contest is open to all Cameron undergraduates 

Reddin also won the $300 first prize in the 2016 John G. Morris Poetry Prize competition for his poem “The Going Price for Venom.”  Corrine Binnings, St. Ann, Jamaica, won the $200 second prize for her poem “An Exercise in Childhood Wisdom,” and Vicky Smith, Marlow, won the $150 third prize for her poem “What Jacy Doesn’t Know.”  Honorable mentions were awarded to Lindsay Logoleo, Lawton, for “Shell Shock” and Marie Bagwell, Lawton, for “Amber.”  Poet/educator Quaraysh Ali Lansana served as judge. Morris, a professor of English, established the prize open to all Cameron undergraduates in 2006 in honor of his mother, the late Marian Cary Miles Morris-Zepp. 

Wesley A. Jones, Marlow, won the $300 prize in the 2016 Leigh Holmes Prize for Creative Nonfiction for his essay “My Face.” Cameron faculty members Dr. William Carney, Dr. Bayard Godsave, Dr. Hardy Jones, and Dr. John G. Morris judged submissions for the contest, which is open to all Cameron undergraduate students.  The late Holmes, professor emeritus of English, established the contest in 2003 to encourage Cameron students to learn to write nonfiction prose well. 

The winning short story, winning nonfiction essay, and second-place poem by Reddin, Jones, and Binnings, respectively, were nominated by program faculty for the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Intro series competition.  Winners of that national competition will be published in three national literary journals.


May 2, 2016