Three students selected from more than 140 entries across 87 high schools around the country
Santa Fe, N.M.—February 11, 2015—The Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) Creative Writing and Literature Department has named three high school recipients of the Glazner Prize for Creative Writing. Alexandra Spensley from Avon Lake High School in Ohio took first place, Joseph Jordan-Johnson from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Illinois took second place, and Emily Zhang from Richard Montgomery High School in Maryland took third place. Creative Writing Department co-chairs Matt Donovan and Dana Levin chose these top three recipients from among more than 140 entries across 87 high schools around the country.
Named after the founder of SFUAD’s Creative Writing and Literature Department, Greg Glazner, the Glazner Prize for Creative Writing was conceived as a way to engage high school student writers across the country with SFUAD’s Creative Writing Department.
High school juniors and seniors compete for a chance at publication in SFUAD’s online journal, The Jackalope. Winners also receive a prize to help them continue to foster their love of writing and reading. In addition to all winners being published in The Jackalope, the first place recipient receives an iPad with retina display. Second place receives a Kindle Fire, and third place receives a $50 Amazon gift card.
“Dana and I were both really impressed with the quality of the submissions this year,” said Donovan.“It’s exhilarating to see the strong work being generated by high school students. The three winners all demonstrated a honed lyric engagement, as well as a sophisticated style and approach to genre. It was wonderful to experience this work by these young writers!”
This is the second year SFUAD has hosted the Glazner Creative Writing Contest. Applications for the 2016 contest will open in the fall.
About SFUAD’s Creative Writing and Literature Department
The Creative Writing and Literature Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design enables students to learn from and grow along with a core of published, award-winning authors. Dedicated students polish their literary skills and discover the right forms for their unique voice, while taking advantage of numerous opportunities to conduct public readings, work collaboratively, and inspire and be inspired by their peers. Annually, the Creative Writing and Literature Department publishes a student-edited and student-produced literary journal, Glyph, featuring some of the university’s best writing in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenwriting.