The Saginaw, Bay, and SVSU Writing Centers are proud to announce the winners of the Still Life poetry contest. The judges were impressed with all of the entries, and their decision-making process was difficult. We continue to be amazed by all the poets who live in our area.
Congratulations to our winners:
Shelby Bourbina (12 and Under Category)
Chin Lee (Age 13-18 Category)
Benjamin Champagne (Age 19+ Category)
For everyone who submitted a piece, even if you weren’t selected as a winner, your poem may still be included in the Still Life journal. Keep an eye on your email! In the next few weeks, we will notify the poets whose works will be included in the journal, and we will work with these writers to edit their pieces for publication. We’ll also ask those writers to include a short biographical statement. All poets who submitted to the contest will receive at least a few lines of individualized feedback about their work from the judges.
Then, in the coming weeks and months, you can expect to receive emails about the Still Life poetry reading to be held in January or February 2018. We’ll be able to share print copies of the publication with the larger community at that time. You won't want to miss it!
Finally, you should know a local donor has agreed to publish Still Life annually for the next five years! Start writing for that next issue, which, we hope, will include both poetry and prose.
Congratulations, again, to our three winners and to all of you for your work as writers. Keep writing, and come visit your community writing, where you can get feedback on all of your writing and participate in our creative writing workshops!
Emma Kirsch is the Coordinator for both the Saginaw and Bay Community Writing Centers. As Coordinator, she not only develops and facilitates workshops, partners with community members, and distributes promotional materials, but also works alongside tutors both in the community and as a tutor at Saginaw Valley State University’s Writing Center.