New deadline for creative writing contest

April 3, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. —The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards Contest deadline has been extended to Friday, April 5. Submissions are due by 4 p.m.

Winners will be honored and will have the privilege of reading their submissions aloud at the UW-Platteville Humanities Department Creative Writing Festival Thursday, May 2 at the Nohr Art Gallery in Ullsvik Hall on campus.

“I encourage students to submit their creative writing pieces because I believe it reinforces their commitment to writing,” said Dr. Stormy Stipe, UW-Platteville associate professor of English. “Both the Thomas Hickey Creative Writing Awards Contest and the Creative Writing Festival are ways of celebrating the arts at UW-Platteville.”

Three awards will be given for each of the two categories: fiction and poetry. Each fiction writer may submit two entries, up to 20 pages total. Each poetry writer may submit a maximum of three entries. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to the top three winners of each category. Any student who is enrolled at least part time at UW-Platteville is eligible for the contest and all majors are encouraged to participate.

Participants should remember not to put their name on the work itself, but rather place all of their contact information on a separate title page. No winning entries for the previous years will be accepted, and all works must be original.

Four judges will rank each piece and then average the ratings to determine the prizewinners. Tom Williams and Traci Brimhall will serve as guest judges.

Brimhall will judge the final round of poetry entries. She is a former UW-Platteville Visiting Writers Reading Series poet and author of two collections of poetry, “Rookery,” winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, and “Our Lady of the Ruins,” winner of the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize.

Williams will judge the final round of fiction entries. He is the author of two books of fiction: “The Mimic’s Own Voice,” and the forthcoming novel, “Don’t Start Me Talkin’.” He is the chair of English at Morehead State University.

The creative writing contest is named after Thomas Hickey, professor emeritus in English at UW-Platteville. Hickey taught at UW-Platteville for 42 years, served as a judge for the creative writing contest for nearly 10 of those years, and has donated generously to make possible the monetary awards that are given to the student winners of the contest.

Contact: Dr. Stormy Stipe, associate professor, UW-Platteville Department of Humanities, (608) 342-1921,

Written by: Joe Kluever, student writer, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,, Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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