Cameron University students honored with creative writing awards

The Cameron University of Communication, English and Foreign Languages has honored several CU  students for their creative writing.

Ashley Arredondo, Lawton, won the $300 prize in the Leigh Holmes Prize for Creative Nonfiction for her essay, “Espanol.”  Runner-up was Briley Jones, Lawton, for “The Uncluttered Table.”  Cameron faculty members Dr. William Carney, Leah Chaffins, Dr. John Hodgson and Dr. John 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.

Kristopher Mayfield, Okmulgee, won the $300 first prize in the John G. Morris Poetry Prize competition for the poem, “Queen, After Deborah Mouton.”  Dontaye K. Abram, Oklahoma City, won the $200 second prize for his poem “Letter to my EX (I’m good luv, enjoy),” and Madison Lyda, Lawton, won the $150 third prize for “Patience.”  Honorable mentions were awarded to Lea Killian, Lawton, for “Poetry,” and Richard Million, Cache, for “Waves in the Night.”  Janine Joseph, a faculty member at Oklahoma State University, 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.

“Espanol” and “Queen, After Deborah Mouton” will be published in “The Gold Mine,” Cameron’s literary arts magazine, as will “Fugitives,” a short story by Sandesk Pokharel, Bohoratar, Nepal. In addition, program faculty nominated those three works 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 25, 2019