2011 Winners

Thank you to all who participated in the National Day on Writing 2011 Writing Contests. It was difficult, but the judges have determined the top three winners in each category. Winners are listed below along with excerpts from their pieces.

Flash Fiction Contest Winners

1. "Where You Have Yet to Go" by Amanda Schoen

Milo's shadow spilled across the threshold where his feet refused to tread. He hovered at the border between the bedroom and the hall, arms folded like a shield while he watched me empty the contents of the second drawer into my duffel. Why he felt compelled to stand vigil, I couldn't say. In case you get any wild ideas about packing up his things, too. But what would I steal? The busted lava lamp on the nightstand? It wouldn't glow anymore. The globs just drifted listlessly through dark waters, sometimes merging together, more often breaking apart.

2. "H" by Amanda Brahlek

It was rush-hour – prime-time on the median. Rush-hour meant people with jobs. People with jobs meant money, and that is exactly what he needed. He was young, maybe twenty-five, but his reflection in car windows appeared much older; his skin was leather – parched and folded into wrinkles surrounding his clouded blue eyes. The weather was humid and the air hung heavy, but his rigid body shivered, making his skin itch. All around him the street lights changed: green, yellow, red. The sky slowly changed; orange, red, violet.

3. "As of Yet, Untitled" by Richard Zullo

My father would want me to be an attorney like him. He'd want me to read detective fiction and play on the baseball team. He'd suggest clothes and hairstyles so that I can impress the pretty cheerleader from the "right type of family" who, like my own mother in her day, is the desire of every young man on the college campus. He'd encourage me to take the lucrative job offer from the big, national law firm so I can afford the garish McMansion in the private golf community. He'd praise my long hours and would wink and look away when he suspects I'm padding the invoices to inflate the bottom line. Finally, he'd offer his sympathy when he learns of my impending divorce and dismissal from the firm due to an unhealthy affinity for expensive scotch and young paralegals.


Position Paper Contest Winners

1st: Tabitha Lynn Zangre

A sense of community on any college campus is largely aided by a sense of shared pride amongst students. Ages, majors, ethnicities and interests may vary greatly but the one thing everyone on campus has in common is the university they attend. A feeling of pride about the university acts as a connective tissue, creating a sense of community. Pride stems from tradition, and that is something FAU has lacked despite its 50 year presence in South Florida. The joke in the past has been that FAU stands for "find another university". This is a stigma that the administration is working hard to overcome.

 2nd: Rhona Nain

...Furthermore, with such low number of students present within its organizations and clubs, FAU should implement a program (Student Involvement Program) geared solely toward demonstrating to students the significant benefits that are a direct correlation of student involvement. This program would cover topics ranging from the benefits of understanding diversity and the role it plays in society, the importance of student leadership and the idea that student involvement allows for a overall better college experience. 

3rd:  Caludia Kisielewicz

...To accommodate the growing student multiplicity, FAU strives to make diversity an initiative. FAU's Office of Multicultural Affairs, through the funding of student government, hosts a human relations and diversity training program once a month from 8:30am-5pm. Successful attendees receive a certificate of completion and earn .6 CEU's from FAU's Office of Professional Development (Office of Multicultural Affairs). This program assists students in exploring their personal and cultural identity, recognizing the language of stereotyping and its impacts, challenging bias, discrimination, and exploring the dynamics of power and privilege related to group identities (Office of Multicultural Affairs). The program celebrates the motto "We're All Together Different", which befittingly indorses a harmonious fusion of unity and individualism that needs to cohabit on all university campuses. As beneficial as it is, diversity training at FAU lacks accessibility and widespread influence because its workshop capacity limits to only 25 students per month and is entirely voluntary.

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