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Columbus State University will be bringing home three awards this year from the Southern Literary Festival Writing Competition.
For the second time, CSU’s literary-arts magazine, Arden, won first place in the print journal competition. CSU creative writing student Justin Briley was editor in chief, and CSU English professor Carey Scott Wilkerson was the faculty sponsor.
CSU creative writing student Tonya Streeter won second place in the creative nonfiction writing competition for her essay ” On Earth, As It Is,” which she wrote as a student in CSU professor Joe Miller’s creative nonfiction class.
Justin Briley won third place in formal essay for “Crow, Tongues, and Masculine Striving: Ted Hughes’ Bildungsroman with Unfortunate Implications,” a paper he wrote in CSU English professor Patrick Jackson’s class.
The Southern Literary Festival was founded in 1937 to create an opportunity for local undergraduate writers to develop their craft while simultaneously providing them with concentrated exposure to successful Southern authors. Among authors associated with the festival were Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Katherine Anne Porter, John Gould Fletcher, Flannery O’ Connor and Robert Penn Warren.
This year’s festival will be held at the University of Tennessee at Martin in early April, and CSU creative writing students and faculty will be traveling there to attend.