2015 Creative Writing Contest Winners

Creative Writing Contest

Paul Lake: senior Professor of Creative Writing and author of Walking Backwards, Among the Immortals, Another Kind of Travel, Cry Wolf, andThe Republic of VirtueJerry KinderJerry KinderAlex SummerlinAlex SummerlinCupashia CoveyCupashia CoveyAnna FarrierAnna FarrierJustin GundermanJustin GundermanEmily RobertsEmily Roberts

Rebecca Nieboer

Rebecca NieboerVictoria WilkersonVictoria WilkersonBryan MockBryan MockTaylor EubanksTaylor Eubanks


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 ContestDepartment of EnglishArkansas Tech UniversityRussellville, AR 72801

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

2015 Winners

First Place: Jerry Kinder, Russellville, ARSecond Place: Alex Summerlin, Bryant, ARThird Place: Cupashia Covey, Lamar, ARFourth Place: Anna Farrier, Austin, ARFifth Place: Justin Gunderman, Plumerville, ARSixth Place: Emily Roberts, Dover, AR

Previous Creative Writing Contest Winners

2014 Winners

First Place: Rebecca Nieboer, Charleston, ARSecond Place: Victor Wilkerson, Pea Ridge, ARThird Place: Bryan Mock, Hot Springs, ArFourth Place: Taylor Eubanks, Dardanelle, ARFifth Place: Megan Lawson, Hindsville, ARSixth 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

2001 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

2000 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

1999 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

1998 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

1997 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

1996 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.