On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, Temple University Libraries celebrated the winners of our second-ever creative writing contest, which explored the theme of “Interruption.” The contest winners and select finalists joined us virtually from around the city, region, and even the world to read their winning pieces via Zoom.
The event featured readings by:
- Jessie Doble, juried runner up for the poem To my father
- Misty Sol, juried runner up for the short story Coif
- Nha Nguyen, public winner for the poem An ode to your last breath
- Will Dean, finalist for the short story Frosting
- Richard Zhu, finalist for the poem The Orphaned Girl
- Debra Powell-Wright, finalist for the poem Sixteen “Sign ‘O’ the Times”
The contest’s overall juried winner, Kristen Loughlin, was unable to join us for the live event, but you can view a video of her reading her winning short story, Bar Lines, on the Libraries’ YouTube page.
And in case you missed the reading, you can check it out at any time on our website.
A new writing contest opportunity for Temple students
As we wrap up our own contest, we are excited to announce Temple Libraries’ participation in Short Édition’s first-ever inter-university contest. (Short Édition is the French publishing house who we partner with for our contests and who makes the short story dispenser we have in Charles Library).
The Long Story Short Award writing contest is open to all students at university partners (that’s us!), and submissions will be accepted from October 5 to November 19.
Submissions are limited to 7,500 characters (not words, so take note!). There are cash prizes, and select submissions will be published across 300 Short Édition short story dispensers worldwide.
Learn more at the contest website, and good luck! We hope to see an Owl take the top prize!