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Students receive creative writing awards (Released: 5/1/96)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Students at the University of Connecticut have been awarded prizes from the Department of English for their creative writing.

Jennifer Hethcote of Mansfield has received the $1,000 Jennie Hackman Memorial Prize for the Short Story, for Black Flag. Hethcote's story is a futuristic parable about sex and smoking.

Receiving honorable mention in this year's Jennie Hackman competition are:

  • Gerardo Navarra of Hartford, a sophomore education major, received first honorable mention for Funerals, a story about family conflict.
  • Daniel Whelan of Southport, a senior English major in UConn s Honors Program, received second honorable mention for The Forgotten Woman, astory about poverty and privilege.

All three stories are published in Writing UConn '96, the annual undergraduate literary publication of the Department of English. The publication is available at the UConn Co-op and English department.

Two students have received Collins Literary Prizes of $400 each. The prizes are given for the best work published in Writing UConn.

Gerardo Navarra (listed above as a Jennie Hackman honorable mention) received a Collins prize for Funerals, and Michael Schiavo of Southbury, a sophomore studying creative writing, received the award for his poem Chinese Calendar. Schiavo's poem was prompted by a placemat. Schiavo received second prize for his poetry in this year s Wallace Stevens Poetry Competition. Both works appear in Writing UConn '96.

The creative writing prizes will be presented at the publication party for Writing UConn at 4 p.m. on May 7 at the UConn Co-op.

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