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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - Winners of the second annual University of Texas at Arlington Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards Sponsored by Half Price Books, will be honored at an awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Half Price Books, Lincoln Square East at Collins Street and Road to Six Flags. The winning works are published in a journal that will be free to all attendees.

“The judge for the poetry competition, poet Vicky Santiesteban, said she was overwhelmed by the talent evident in this year's entries,” said competition founder and senior English lecturer Laura Kopchick.

Santiestaban, who teaches at Broward County Community College in Florida, plans to attend the awards ceremony as does the fiction judge, Tim Westmoreland. Westmoreland graduated from UT Arlington in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in English and is a writer and teaches creative writing at Indiana University. The creative non-fiction judge, Victoria Morrow, is a writer for “Weeds” on Showtime and will not be able to attend.The competition winners are listed below.

Poetry:
1st Place ($100): "The Fall," by Sunny Scarborough
2nd Place ($75): "On Farm Road 711," by Jennifer Mathis
3rd Place ($50): "Broken Speech," by Andrew Tyner
Honorable Mention: "The Name of God," by Josh Wood
Honorable Mention: "Aunt Dorothy's Closet," by Julie Abell
Honorable Mention: "Pot Luck," by Dana Ricks

Short Fiction:
1st Place ($100): "Sell Yourself," by Shaun Hamill
2nd Place ($75): "Pear," by Sunny Scarborough
3rd Place ($50): "Retreat," by Kiki Alusick

Creative Non-Fiction:
1st Place ($100): "Towers," by Joseph Zachry
2nd Place ($75): "My Last Movie: A Textumentary," by Shaun Hamill
3rd Place ($50): "The Pear Tree," by Alison Smith

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