Cameron University students honored with creative writing awards

Cameron University students were recently honored for their creative writing at the Department of English and Foreign Languages’ banquet.  The fiction, non-fiction, and poetry award winners will be published in “The Gold Mine,” Cameron’s literary arts magazine.

Jennifer Omogbai, Ikorodu, Nigeria, won the $300 prize in the Leigh Holmes Prize for Creative Nonfiction for her essay, “Echo from the Past.”  Cameron faculty members Dr. William Carney, Leah Chaffins and Dr. John G. 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.

Ana B. Paez, Purcell, won the first prize in the John G. Morris Poetry Prize competition for the poem, “The Great Vowel Shift.” Molly Sizer, Lawton, won the second prize for her poem “A Villanelle for Charlottesville, 2107,” and Dontaye  Abram, Oklahoma City, won the third prize for “#LoveLost.” Honorable mentions were awarded to Sandesh Pokharel, Bohoratar, Nepal, for “Dear Egomaniac” and Aimee Klein, Lawton, for “The Yellow Porch Swing.” Brent Newsom, assistant professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist 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.

Omogbai’s essay and Paez’s poem, as well as the short story, “Whatever it Takes” by Katherine Book, Lawton, were nominated by program faculty 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 19, 2018