Students Named Recipients in Playboy College Fiction Contest & William Faulkner Literary Competition

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Creative writing students Nayereh Doosti and Marina Woollven receive top honors in two prestigious writing competitions

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Lauren Eichmann

Santa Fe, N.M.—November 12, 2014—Two Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) creative writing students have recently been the recipients in two prestigious literary competitions.

Junior Marina Woollven has won third place in Playboy Magazine’s College Fiction Contest for her short story entitled “Atlas.” For more than 50 years, Playboy has published some of the biggest names in fiction, including Joseph Heller, Roald Dahl, Gabriel García Márquez, Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury and others. Each year, the magazine’s competition receives thousands of submissions from college writers across the country.

SFUAD freshman and Redford Unique Voice Scholar Nayereh Doosti has also received recent honors, as she was named third place recipient in the William Faulkner Literary Competition for her story “Shila M.’s Case as Never Published in Her School Newspaper: An Account of High School Drama in Iran.” This Fall Doosti also received recognition through the VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program hosted by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. She won an award for her play, “In Your Shoes.”

“Marina’s recognition is a tremendous achievement, and it’s fantastic to have her work recognized in this way,” said Matt Donovan, chair of the Creative Writing and Literature Department at SFUAD. “Likewise, Nayereh has already received notable attention for her writing skills. While the William Faulkner Literary Competition does include a student category, her work received third place in the overall short story category – an exemplary accomplishment!”

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.

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