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Young Authors

The Young Authors writing competition, sponsored by the Columbia College Chicago Department of Creative Writing, began as a local contest in 1995. Since then, it has expanded into a national competition, which has received tens of thousands of submissions from high school students across the country. If you are a 9th-12th grade student interested in writing, we invite you to submit up to two manuscripts in each category: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and/or Poetry.

2014 Young Authors Winners
1st Place Poetry: Mahlab by Talin Tahajian
2nd Place Poetry: Romances by Steven Adams
3rd Place Poetry: Wisdom by Catherine Valdez

Poetry Judge: Tony Trigilio, Director of Poetry Programs, Professor

1st Place Fiction: This is What I Know by Michal Leibowitz
2nd Place Fiction: 
Premonition by Christina Qiu
3rd Place Fiction: 
At the Hands of Jezebel by Adriane Tharp

Fiction Judge: Nami Mun, Director of Graduate Fiction, Assistant Professor

1st Place Creative Nonfiction: Moro Reflex by Adriane Tharp
2nd Place Creative Nonfiction: Lychee by Oriana Tang
3rd Place Creative Nonfiction: It All Comes Down to This by Charlotte Lee

Creative Nonfiction Judge: Garnett Kilberg Cohen, Director of Undergraduate Nonfiction, Professor

For information about next year's competition please check back in early fall. The contest will open in mid-November and close in January. Details forthcoming.

For further information on programs sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing, including fiction workshops in Columbia's High School Summer Institute and the full four-year undergraduate BA and BFA majors in the Department of Creative Writing (including all forms of fiction writing, poetry, and creative nonfiction writing, as well as publishing and teaching classes), see www.colum.edu/Academics/CreativeWriting/. You are also welcome to email us at creativewriting@colum.edu or call (312) 369-7611.

You can also keep up with the Department of Creative Writing announcements and news on Twitter. Follow us @dcwccc.