Creative writing contest submissions due April 11

March 31, 2014
Xhenet Aliu
Erin Belieu

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities is currently accepting undergraduate student submissions for the annual Thomas Hickey Writing Awards Contest. All entries must be submitted to the Department of Humanities office, 323 Warner Hall, by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 11.

Each entrant may submit up to three poems and/or up to 20 pages of fiction. Official contest guidelines are available in the Department of Humanities office.

Three awards will be given for each of the two categories of fiction and poetry. Prizes of $100, $75 and $50 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners of each category, respectively. This contest is open to all students who are enrolled at least part time at UW-Platteville.

Winners will read their works at the Department of Humanities Creative Writing Festival on Wednesday, April 30.

The winners of the poetry contest will be determined by guest judge Erin Belieu, author of four poetry collections from Copper Canyon Press: “Infanta,” “One Above & One Below,” “Black Box” and the forthcoming “Slant Six,” to be released in September. Xhenet Aliu, author of “Domesticated Wild Things,” winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, will serve as the guest fiction judge.
“I am excited about having Xhenet and Erin on the contest judging panel,” said Dr. Kara Candito, assistant professor of creative writing and English literature at UW-Platteville. “It will give students the opportunity to have their best poetry and fiction considered by professional writers beyond the university community.”

The creative writing contest is named after Thomas Hickey, a former English composition and literature professor at UW-Platteville. Hickey taught at UW-Platteville for 42 years and served as a judge for the creative writing contest for nearly 10 of those years.

Contact: Dr. Kara Candito, department of humanities, (608) 342-6154,
Written by: Jena Garrett, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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