Students win creative writing contest

Posted September 15, 2015

Two Abilene Christian University students won three first place awards in the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers student writing contest and have been invited to read at the annual TACWT meeting in Galveston later this month.

Alikay Wood of Sacramento, Calif., won first place in fiction for her story “Academy 6.” She also won first place for her nonfiction piece “All That's Left to do is Fall.”  She graduated in May with a degree in English and minors in  business and advertising/public relations.

Stephanie Martin, a December 2014 graduate from Cheyenne, Wyo., won first place in poetry writing for a set of poems. She earned a B.A. in biochemistry with a minor in English.

“One of the notable features about Stephanie’s poems was her ability to incorporate her knowledge of science into them,” said Albert Haley, ACU writer in residence and TACWT member. Haley nominated both students after they produced exceptional work in creative writing classes taught by him.

Haley also praised Wood’s short story, “Academy 6,” calling it “a witty, satirical take on a singularly dystopian high school.” “All That’s Left to do is Fall” ponders some of the recent knowledge obtained about the origin of the cosmos and how this could affect one’s sense of who they are in day-to-day life, he said.

Wood recently accepted a job in New York City at Bauer Publishing, working on the firm’s first Christian newsstand magazine, Simple Grace. Martin is heading to the West Coast after being accepted into the professional science master’s program in biotechnology at the University of San Francisco.

The Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (TACWT) was founded in the 1970s. The annual writing contest places into competition universities and colleges in Texas. Each year a member at each represented school is allowed to nominate one student work per genre category.


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