We are pleased to celebrate the winners of the 37th UAA/Anchorage Daily News Creative Writing Contest. The contest began in 1981, the brainchild of newly arrived UAA English professor Ron Spatz and since 2010, the Alaska Center for the Book has served as the coordinating partner, providing hundreds of volunteer hours to manage entries, judging, and contacting winners—the best part of all.
This year nearly 500 entries were submitted for the 2020 contest. We are always pleased to see entries from classrooms across Alaska. Entries arrived from writers in Anchor Point, Anchorage, Barrow, Big Lake, Caswell, Chignik Lake, Chugiak, Cordova, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright, Fort Richardson, Haines, Healy, Homer, Houston, Juneau, Kake, Kasilof, Kenai, Ketchikan, King Salmon, Kotzebue, Nikiski, North Pole, Palmer, Port Alsworth, Seward, Sitka, Soldotna, Talkeetna, Tenakee Springs, Tok, Valdez, Wasilla, Willow, and Wrangell. Winners ranged in age from 8 to 82.
Read all the winning enteries here.
Mei Mei Evans
Carol Hernley, Sara Juday, Camille Oliver, Stephanie Platt, Stephanie Schott