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Hendrix Students Honored at 2014 Southern Literary Festival Contest

CONWAY, Ark. (February 10, 2014) – Hendrix creative writing students received awards from the 2014 Southern Literary Festival Contest. 

The Treatment won first place in the literary e-zine category. 

The Treatment is a collaborative writing project featuring eleven Hendrix student writers and the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language visiting writer and editor Heidi Julavits.

Julavits, who teaches writing and literature at Columbia University, is the author of four novels, including The Vanishers, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and a founding editor of The Believer Magazine.Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, The New York Times, The Best American Short Stories, etc.

Hendrix’s Digital Humanities Fellow Tim Lepczyk designed the website, and Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing Dr. Ty Jaeger coordinated the project as its publisher.

Read more about The Treatment here.    

Cameron Meek, a sophomore from Middletown, Ohio, won second place in the formal essay division for his essay titled "The Narcissism of Christopher McCandless."

The Aonian student literary journal was awarded honorable mention in the literary magazine category. Julia Lee McGill, a senior from Conway, Ark., is the editor-in-chief, and the associate editor Alli Dillard, a senior from Memphis, Tenn. 

“I am always proud of the work that our writers accomplish, and it is special joy to see their efforts rewarded on the stage of the Southern Literary Festival,” said Dr. Jaeger, who also serves as the advisor for the Aonian. “I encourage everyone to get a copy of the Aonian and to read The Treatment. You won’t be disappointed.”

The Southern Literary Festival is an organization of southern colleges and schools founded in 1937 to promote southern literature.  The 2014 festival will be March 27-29 at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. For more information, visit

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit