Creative Writing Club Announces Branson Prizes Winners

The Branson Creative Writing Club’s annual creative writing contest, Branson Prizes, has announced its winners. The below Branson student authors will be featured in Forum, the Art Department’s literary magazine. Keep an eye out for its publication to read beautiful prose and poetry written by the 2021 Branson Prizes winners!

We offer a big thank you to EVERYONE who submitted their work. Kaya Dierks '21, Co-President of the Creative Writing Club and Prizes Coordinator, writes “every submission we received was full of heart, imagination, and ingenuity; as someone who encountered your work, I can promise you that I found at least one thing in each piece of writing that stood out to me as outstanding. Your work is haunting, compelling. Your words are necessary. Ultimately, when we are recognizing such a small fraction of all accomplished works, many outstanding pieces are left unrecognized – but that doesn’t diminish their quality or spirit, much less indicate anything about you as a writer or individual. Please, keep writing – keep creating!”

2021 Branson Prize for Prose

First-Place Winner: 

Brooke Wangenheim, “Sanctuary” (personal essay)

 

Finalists:

Ciara Tran, “Exhalation” (short story)
Ciara Tran, “Cornflower” (flash fiction)
Jaclyn Rodgers, “coastal drives” (flash fiction)
Olive Fahlen, “The Story” (short story)

 

Honorable Mentions:

Julia Shalev, “Saba’s Revenge” (personal essay)
Leslye Deleon, “Who am I” (short story)
Madison Esrey, “Our Father and My Mother” (short story)
Sarah Lind, “submission” (short story)
Sylvia Jacoby, “my town” (short story)

 

2021 Branson Prize for Poetry

First-Place Winner: 

Pritika Win, “17 hours to inya house”

 

Finalists:

Amaya Knox, “belly full of wonder”
Pritika Win, “granny feeds coyotes”
Pritika Win, “keychain validation”
Zachary Kariotis, “Ledbye Candles”

 

Honorable Mentions:

Amaya Knox, “where does the wind go?”
Madison Esrey, “All Good Things”
Melia Chendo, “a feminine rage”
Pritika Win, “kenneth wong is a liar, easy burmese is not easy”
Pritika Win, “what we know now”