Congratulations to Jenny Li-Wang, Shreyas Karki and Sophia Peng, the winners of the fifth annual Fondren Library Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards!
Please join us for a Prize Winners’ Reading on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM, via Zoom. Students will read their recognized works! To attend the reading, register at https://tinyurl.com/fondrenwinners.
Each winner will receive a $1000 prize sponsored by Fondren Library’s Hobby Family Fund.
The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction is awarded to Jenny Li-Wang, with “In Praise of Unresolved Emotion.” Matthew Salesses writes, “It's a complex look at emotion told with clear-eyed critical understanding. An essay that takes on big questions and makes the ever-urgent case that emotion is intelligent.”
The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction is awarded to Shreyas Karki, with “To Eat a Sunflower.” Matthew Salesses writes, “This story is about a murderer being killed by the same toxic masculinity that fuels his rage. The prose shimmers with energy and fear, as it explores how violence directed at the self cannot be contained.”
The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry is awarded to Sophia Peng with her poem, “yiyang, hunan.” Carrie Fountain writes, “What I most admire about ‘yiyang, hunan’—and there is so much here to admire--is the way the syntax unwinds so skillfully it feels effortless and the way the poem accrues power by way of specific and surprising imagery. This poet knows how to end a poem, and because this poem is in sections, we get to experience that skill again and again. The place we get to in the end is far from where we begin. It's such a pleasure to take this poem's journey that I read again and again, each time finding something new to praise.”