Truett McConnell University’s (TMU) Conrad Grebel School of The Humanities recently held its first annual creative writing competition opened to students at the university.

“Since this is our first competition ever, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Nan Allen, Assistant Professor of English. “We were excited to have so many entries and delighted by the quality of the writing!”

The winners in each category were as follows:


First place: “Loving Others is Better Than Trusting a Few” (Alyssa Roberson)

Second place: “A Million Horses”- (Jordan Haney)

Third place: “Anastasia” – (Savannah Barrett)

Honorable Mention: “Liar” (Corley Humphrey)

Honorable Mention: “Passing of the Staff” (Michaelyn Loper)


First place: “Deep Memory” (Kirsten Starling)

Second place: “Human” (Corley Humphrey)

Third place: “The Artist and the Author” (Morgan Lomax)

Honorable Mention: “Sugar Crash” (James King)

Honorable Mention: “The General” (Savannah Barrett)


First place: “Our 2004 Gray Honda Odyssey (Anna Skudarnova)

Second place: “From a Hunter to an Author” (Jordan Haney)

Third place: “A Dry and Dusty Place” (Michaelyn Loper)

Honorable Mention: “Without Words” (Christin Taylor Trotter)

Honorable Mention: “A Fallen Angel” (Morgan Lomax)

Recipients of the awards in each category will receive scholarship money which will be presented publicly at Honors Day chapel on April 23, 2019.

The winning poems and prose will also be published in the first edition of the Yonah Literary Review, available later in April.

“This is now an annual event,” said Allen, “which means that January 2020 will open our second contest.”


Jenny Gregory is the Digital Marketing Specialist for TMU’s Marketing and Communications.

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