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 Leigh Holmes Prize for Creative Nonfiction for his essay, “Off-Brand Figures.”  Runners-up were Tanya Salyer-Spangler, Lawton, for “A-Z,” and Vicky Smith, Marlow, for “Where Memories Lie.” Cameron faculty members Dr. William Carney, George McCormick, 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. 

Sav Price, Lavon, Texas, won the $300 first prize in the John G. Morris Poetry Prize competition for the poem, “Mi Hermano.”   

Abigale Hooper, Norman, won the $200 second prize for her poem “Gravity Don’t Like the Object to Go Up,” and Kristopher Mayfield, Okmulgee, won the $150 third prize for “Son.” Honorable mentions were awarded to Smith for “What I Don’t Like,” and Wesley Jones, Marlow, for “Work.” Julie Hensley, a faculty member at the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA program at Eastern Kentucky was the 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. 

Reddin’s essay and Hooper’s poem, as well as the short story, “Amelia’s Mirror” by Jarrod Brown, Marlow, 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.

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April 3, 2017