Paul Lake: senior Professor of Creative Writing and author of Walking Backwards, Among the Immortals, Another Kind of Travel, Cry Wolf, and The Republic of Virtue
Jerry Kinder
Jerry Kinder
Alex Summerlin
Alex Summerlin
Cupashia Covey
Cupashia Covey
Anna Farrier
Anna Farrier
Justin Gunderman
Justin Gunderman
Emily Roberts
Emily Roberts

Rebecca Nieboer

 Rebecca NieboerVictoria Wilkerson
Victoria WilkersonBryan MockBryan MockTaylor EubanksTaylor Eubanks



Creative Writing Contest

The Department of English and World Languages at Arkansas Tech University encourages high school seniors to enter Tech's annual Creative Writing Contest. Previous winners are listed below.

Eligibility: Any high school senior is eligible.

The Award: Six awards worth as much as $1,500 will be given. These awards may be used to pursue any degree program at Arkansas Tech University, including Tech's B.F.A. in Creative Writing.

Submission Process: To enter, send a poem, a group of poems, a short story, or a piece of dramatic writing to the address at the bottom of this page. Your name, address and phone number should be written on the back of each page of your entry.

Deadline: Entries for the 2016 contest must be received by Jan. 15, 2016.

Application Address:
Creative Writing Contest
Department of English
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR 72801

Download: Click here to download or view the 2016 Creative Writing Contest poster.

2015 Winners

First Place: Jerry Kinder, Russellville, AR
Second Place: Alex Summerlin, Bryant, AR
Third Place: Cupashia Covey, Lamar, AR
Fourth Place: Anna Farrier, Austin, AR
Fifth Place: Justin Gunderman, Plumerville, AR
Sixth Place: Emily Roberts, Dover, AR

Previous Creative Writing Contest Winners

2014 Winners

First Place: Rebecca Nieboer, Charleston, AR
Second Place: Victor Wilkerson, Pea Ridge, AR
Third Place: Bryan Mock, Hot Springs, Ar
Fourth Place: Taylor Eubanks, Dardanelle, AR
Fifth Place: Megan Lawson, Hindsville, AR
Sixth Place: Madison Grover, Lamar, AR

2013 Winners

First Place: Dakota Smith, St. Joe, AR
Second Place: Kylie Deaton, Austin, AR
Third Place: Anthony Adams, Bradford, AR
Fourth Place: Matthew Post, Mayflower, AR
Fifth Place: Hannah Vines, Nashville, AR
Sixth Place: Cassidy New, Aztec, NM

2012 Winners

First Place: Hollie Hopson, Dover
Second Place: Ashley Rains, Leslie
Third Place: Ethan Kinder, Russellville
Fourth Place: Samantha Lewis, Van Buren
Fifth Place: Jonathan Ross, DeQueen

Sixth Place: Amber Tyler, Atkins

2011 Winners

First Place: Brittany Pickens, Harrison
Second Place: Claire Magnus, Little Rock
Third Place: Joseph Jordan, Springdale
Fourth Place: Abigail Duvall, Russellville
Fifth Place: Shane Crabtree, Clinton
Sixth Place: Toni Jones, Mineral Springs


2010 Winners

First Place: Alissa Hertz, Russellville
Second Place: Martha Granderson, Monticello
Third Place: Katie Burns, Bald Knob
Fourth Place: Brittany Eakin, Dover
Fifth Place: Jennifer Cooley, MIneral Springs

Sixth Place: Jessika Hintson, Pleasant Grove

2009 Winners

First Place: Emily Slape, Harrison
Second Place: Rebekah Conner, Harrison
Third Place: Jessica Robison, Dover
Fourth Place: Robert Ruiz, Stillwater, OK
Fifth Place: Tiffany Byers, Dover
Sixth Place: Jeffrey Warndorf, Russellville

2008 Winners

First Place: Charlie Hittle, Russellville
Second Place: Whitney Burrow, Malvern
Third Place: Clayton Lusk, Russellville
Fourth Place: Megan Lindsey Johnson, Russellville
Fifth Place: Rebecca Reeves, Fort Smith
Sixth Place: Zachary Sellers, Dover

2007 Winners
First Place: Sasta Blackford Bentonville
Second Place: Katherine William Pelsor
Third Place:Alex Henderson Royal
Fourth Place:Lizeth Sandoval Russellville
Fifth Place: Amanda Kames, Dover
Sixth Place: Gracie Ingram, Sherwood

2006 Winners
First Place: Matthew White Dover
Second Place: La Toya Sergent North Little Rock
Third Place: Danielle Tucker Pine Bluff
Fourth Place: Naomi Muncy Mountain Home
Fifth Place: Allison Clark Quitman
Sixth Place: Alex Clifton Paris

2005 Winners
First Place: Pamela Liou , Richmond, VA
Second Place: Kristen Sutterfield , Russellville
Third Place: Leslie Miller , Clarksville
Fourth Place: Timothy Hill , Morrilton
Fifth Place: Bob Pellegrino, Hot Springs
Sixth Place: Kara Perry, Fox

2004 Winners
First Place: Sarah Bottoms, Benton, AR
Second Place: Sarah Morrison, Russellville, AR
Third Place: Jon Ezell, Fort Smith, AR
Fourth Place: Maria Sigmon, Rogers, AR
Fifth Place: Sarah Jones, Cabot, AR
Sixth Place: Ramona Oliver, Menifee, AR

2003 Winners
First Place: Sarah Benn, Cherryvale, Kansas
Second Place: Erika Johnson, Russellville
Third Place: Heather Browning, Arkadelphia
Fourth Place: Rachel Williams, Russellville
Fifth Place: Meagan Durham, Greenwood
Sixth Place: Richey Williams, Charleston

2002 Winners
First Place: Nicholas Coleman, Spiro, Oklahoma
Second Place: Cynthia Rice, Little Rock
Third Place: Misty Irving, Russellville
Fourth Place: Jessica Ralston, Springdale
Fifth Place: Tatum Branaman, Lakeview
Sixth Place: Heather Cope, Morillton

First Place: Kari Spice, Little Rock
Second Place: Sarah Hart, Russellville
Third Place: Ginny Hudson, Dover
Fourth Place: Jill Hedges, Huntington
Fifth Place: Ricky Massengale, Charleston
Sixth Place: Nick Morris, Glenwood

First Place: Alex Cope, Morrilton
Second Place: Renae McCloud, Russellville
Third Place: Clayton Caldwell, Clarksville
Fourth Place: Jennifer McIntosh, Plainview
Fifth Place: Danielle Neeley, Russellville
Sixth Place: Rusty Cate, Murfreesboroh

First Place: Angela West, Russellville High School
Second Place: Christina Toole, Mountain Home High School
Third Place: Jeremy Burns, Russellville High School
Fourth Place: Brandi Easterling, Glen Rose High School
Fifth Place: Erin Butts, Dardanelle High School
Sixth Place: Ben Malone, Bryant High School

First Place: Louise Shiu, Russellville High School
Second Place: Allison Brucker, Russellville High School
Third Place: Allison Osborne, Russellville High School
Fourth Place: Bambi Reid, Clarksville High School
Fifth Place: Scott McPherson, Grand Prairie High School
Sixth Place: Jennifer Campbell, Hot Springs

First Place: Emily Strawbridge, Mountain Home High School
Second Place: Lori Leavell, Russellville High School
Third Place: Cynthia Wilcox, Ozark High School
Fourth Place: Bambi Reid, Atkins High School
Fifth Place: Angela Dunning, Russellville High School
Sixth Place: Carolyn Schauer, Russellville High School

First Place: Misty Beck, of Morrilton
Second Place: Sarah Chappell, of Clarksville
Third Place: Joey McCollum, of Mulberry
Fourth Place: Constance Matlock, of Mountain Pine
Fifth Place: Nick Swain, of Perry
Sixth Place: Chau Tran, of Fort Smith


See photos of earlier winners.