Contest winners to read at Creative Writing Festival

April 20, 2017
Kerry Neville

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Department of Humanities recently announced the winners of its 2017 Thomas Hickey Writing Awards. The contest was open to all students who were enrolled at least part time at UW-Platteville.

Student winners will read their winning pieces at the Department of Humanities’ Creative Writing Festival on Tuesday, April 25, in the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery from 4-6:30 p.m.

"Our annual Creative Writing Festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate student writing on our campus,” said Dr. Stormy Stipe, professor of English at UW-Platteville and coordinator of the festival. “It also allows us to bring in a nationally and even internationally prominent writer such as Kerry Neville who, in addition to reading at the festival, will visit writing classes to talk with students about the craft of writing and how to navigate through the process of publishing their work.”

Winners in each category include:

Creative Nonfiction

  • Leonard Ballosh won first place and $100 with “”WTF? RU a FAG?”
  • Christopher Hedrick won second place and $75 with “Best Friend.”
  • Hanna Peters won third place and $50 with “On My Own Two Wheels.”


  • Sara Rubeck won first place and $100 with “Paisley Print.”
  • Kim Niehaus won second place and $75 with “The Little Green Frog.”
  • Wesley Wingert won third place and $50 with “Familiar Forgetting.”


  • Matthew Mutiva won first place and $100 with “Dear Whoever.”
  • Roe Carroll won second place and $75 with “A Sampling of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Goals and Techniques.”
  • Chelsea Haberkorn won third place and $50 with “Butterfly Stiches.”

Winners in the poetry category were chosen by guest judge Rita Mae Reese, author of the poetry collections “The Book of Hulga” (2016), which won the Felix Pollak Prize; and “The Alphabet Conspiracy” (2011), which won the 2012 Drake Emerging Writers Award.

Winners in the creative nonfiction and fiction categories were chosen by guest judge Dr. Kerry Neville, author of the forthcoming short story collection, “Remember To Forget Me,” and of the short story collection, “Necessary Lies,” winner of the Short Story Book of the Year Prize from Independent Publisher Magazine.

At the Creative Writing Festival, student winners will read their works alongside Neville, the festival’s featured reader. Following the readings, there will be refreshments, a question-and-answer period and a book signing. Neville will have her collection of short stories, “Necessary Lies,” for sale at the festival.

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.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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