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Hair Trigger

Hair Trigger

For over thirty years, Hair Trigger has featured the best of the best from student writing generated in Story Workshop® and other classes in the Fiction Writing program. Edited by top students in the program who work with a faculty advisor, this magazine has maintained a standard of excellence unrivaled by similar journals from the nation's best creative writing programs. Twenty-five issues entered in national competitions have resulted in 26 major awards, including nine Gold Crowns from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), two first-place prizes from the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines (Now Council of Literary Magazines and Presses—CLMP), and two Director's Prizes from the Associate Writing Programs (AWP). In addition, students appearing in its pages have won numerous individual awards for excellence, including over 100 individual awards from CSPA alone (three times sweeping the Traditional Fiction, Experimental Fiction, and Creative-Nonfiction Essay categories of this competition) — a record testifying to the quality and range of writing by Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing program students.