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Dr. Les Standiford presenting at the award ceremony.

The 2018 Student Literary Awards hosted by the Creative Writing Program, within the Department of English, honors undergraduate and graduate students within the program for their impressive entries. At this event, students read their fiction, poetry, and non-fiction works at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on our Biscayne Bay Campus.

See the full list of undergraduate and graduate winners as well as the runner-up for each submission area:


Undergraduate winner: Sarah Catherie Cline for “Womb

Graduate winner: Bertha Crombet for “The Taking” and “Waiting for Hurricane Irma

Undergraduate runner-up: Isabella Marie Garcia for “a cento of cardiac arrestment

Graduate runner-up: T.C. Jones for “Magazine


Undergraduate winner: Brian Feller for “Spilled

Graduate winner: Bonnie Losak for “The River’s Daughter

Undergraduate runner-up: Alexandra Salqueiro for “Love and Rot

Graduate runner-up: Natalie Havlina for “A Unicorn in Paris


Undergraduate winner: Mariana Chacon for “It’s Been Almost a Year

Graduate winner: Chloe Firetto-Toomey for “Flamingos

Undergraduate runner-up: Rahel Gebretsadik Geremikael for “What If…?

Graduate runner-up: Diana Anaya for “Apparent Magnitude

The Creative Writing Program wishes to extend its thanks to Barnes & Noble Booksellers and The Betsy Hotel for their support of the Writers on the Bay Reading Series.