June 01, 2009

Younkin-Rivera writing contest winners named

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Department of English and the Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers contest.

This year’s prose winner is Savannah Broadway of Raleigh, Ill., with her story “Chance for a Lifetime.” Broadway is a student at Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School in Norris City.

The poetry winner is Molly Frazier of Taylors, S.C., with her poem “Picked.” Frazier attends the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, S.C.

Both winners receive an award of $250 and free registration to the 2009 Young Writers Workshop, hosted at SIUC. The contest is open to writers ages 15-18. The award honors the memories of Brad Younkin and Roxana Rivera, two former students in the SIUC master of fine arts program in creative writing.

The Young Writers Workshop this year runs June 23-27. It is a residential creative writing workshop for high school sophomores through seniors. For registration information, go to www.dce.siu.edu.

For more information about the contest, contact Allison Joseph, director of the Young Writers Workshop, at aljoseph@siu.edu.