2018 McKinney Writing Contest Awards

April 17, 2018

The Rensselaer Libraries want to congratulate the winners of this year's McKinney Writing Contest. Winners were announced at a ceremony on April 12 featuring guest speaker Paul Harding. Paul is the author of the novel, Tinkers, which in 2010 won 

  • 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, winner
  • 2010 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, winner
  • 2010 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, shortlist
  • 2010 Best Novels of 2009 by Publishers Weekly and Amazon.com
  • 2010 Best Books of 2009 by NPR and the Library Journal

The contest, administered from the Department of Communication and Media within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, receives financial support from the Friends of Folsom Libraries. Congrats to the 2018 winners!

UNDERGRADUATE ESSAY AND CREATIVE NONFICTION

Third Prize 

  • Zoe Westwater, Mechanical Engineering, for “#006”

Second Prize

  • Zachary Short, Philosophy, for “Fallen Silence”

First Prize

  • Dylan Jones, Physics, for “Long Live the Crownless King”

 

GRADUATE ESSAY AND CREATIVE NONFICTION

Third Prize

  • Lorelei WAGNER, Communication & Media, for “ ”

Second Prize

  • Robb Conrad Lauzon, Communication & Media, for “Debating Space”

First Prize

  • Stephanie Jennings, Communication & Media, for “Abject Play”

 

UNDERGRADUATE SHORT FICTION AND DRAMA

Third Prize [TIE]

  • Ellis D. Tammelleo, Civil Engineering, for “The Reserve”
  • Gabriel Gray, GSAS, for “The Assistant”

Second Prize

  • Maeve Tucker, Civil Engineering, for “Weekend Plans”

First Prize [TIE]

  • Jacob Kaplan, Computer Science, for “Molvakia”

AND for a collaborative work:

  • Wailana Chan, Electrical Engineering,
  • Kirk Melhuish, Electronic Arts
  • Sam Suite, Computer Science and GSAS
  • Clay Tilton, Civil Engineering
  • Eileen  Yao, Computer Science

 

FOR:  “In an Airport”

UNDERGRADUATE ELECTRONIC MEDIA

Second Prize

  • Rachel E. Mailhot, GSAS, for “An Awkward Conversation”

First Prize

  • Alex Zylka, DIS (Science andTechnology Studies), for “Light, suddenly in the dark”

 

GRADUATE ELECTRONIC MEDIA

Third Prize

  • Allison Bannister, Communication and Media, for “Ghost Room”

Second Prize

  • Dan Ng Wei hao, Electronic Arts, for “Body Language”

First Prize

  • Angela Beallor, Electronic Arts, for “Eclipsed: Parts I & II (excerpt of a work in progress)”

 

UNDERGRADUATE POETRY

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Ankit Juneja, Biology, for “Exploration 4”
  • Ezekiel Sherbourne, Chemistry, for “Seaside”
  • Cody Seipp, Architecture, for “You Up”

Third Prize

  • Zoe Westwater, Mechanical Engineering, for “Holy Grain”

Second Prize

  • Zachariah Spurrier, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology, for “Test 3”

First Prize

  • Hazelle Lerum, Science, Technology and Society, for “Seven Attempts”

 

GRADUATE POETRY

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Ainsley Pinkowitz, Materials Science and Engineering, for “Grief”

First Prize

  • Angela Beallor, Electronic Arts, for “Celebration”