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Undergraduate Writing Award Winners Announced

The Saint Louis University Library Associates have announced the winners of the 2018 Undergraduate Writing Award. The award was inaugurated in 2014 and is now completing its fourth round. This year’s genre was short fiction.

First Prize is shared by two winners, sophomore Patrick Bernas for his story “Death After Life,” and senior Parvuna Sulaiman for “Metro Waltz.” They will each receive $500.

An Encouragement Award goes to senior Gabriele “Bri” Super for her story, “Ingredients.”

All three stories will be published and available online on Wednesday, April 11 in the undergraduate literary journal Kiln.

The awards ceremony will take place as part of SLU’s Seventh Annual Student Reading on Wednesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. in the Pius XII Memorial Library’s second floor gallery. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Undergraduate Writing Award rotates annually between short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Next year’s prize will be awarded for poetry. Details of the 2019 cycle, including submission requirements and timeline, will be posted in the fall semester on the Undergraduate Writing Award website.

The mission of the Library Associates is to enhance the visibility of the Saint Louis University Libraries in order to promote the development of their collections and services. The organization also sponsors literary and cultural events, including the prestigious Saint Louis Literary Award, first presented in 1967 and given annually to a distinguished figure in literature.