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LAND contest awards creative writing

LAND contest awards creative writing
The Lookout

Jeremy Kohn
Editor in Chief

The annual Liberal Arts Network and Development (LAND) contest, held in the fall, gives LCC students a chance to submit creative writing works of essay, fiction and poetry.  

Winners for the 2015 contest were announced in early December.

LCC student Cruz Villarreal of Lansing won first- and second-place honors in the essay category with his entries entitled, “The Passing” and “A Christmas Wish.”

In the short fiction category, LCC student Emma Houle of Grand Ledge won first place for her story entitled “Nighttime.”  Second place for short fiction was awarded to Harmony Lowe of DeWitt for her story, “Cyborgs, Murder and Spaceships.”

Of the students who submitted poetry, LCC student Emma Houle of Grand Ledge won first place for her poem entitled “The Fall of Man.”  Second place in the poetry category was awarded to Kylie Haizlip for “It Might Be Better.”

Villarreal spoke on being selected a winner.

“These essays are creative non-fiction, they are both biographical in nature,” Villarreal said. “Both essays focus on the theme of poverty; they were both very cathartic for me to write.”

First-place winners won Skullcandy headphones. Second-place finishers received a Dane-Elec zPen.

Several LCC professors served as judges for the contest.

English professors Brigette Thornes, Susan Serafin-Jess and Psychology professor Vaughn Vowels were judges for the poetry category.

English professors Rosalie Petrouske, Marcy Bauman and CTL professor Melissa Lucken judged the fiction entries.

The essay entries were judged by English professors Mark Galik and Brant Losinski, as well as Phany Sarann of tutoring services.

Losinski spoke about the experience of participating as a judge.

“I was looking for a story or essay that really stood out,” Losinski said. “I try to remind my students that some of the best things they can write about are those things that tap in to their own passion and experiences, and that was certainly evident in the winning piece.”

First- and second-place winners in LCC’s LAND contest are entered in the state LAND competition. Results of the state competition will be announced in late February.

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