CONWAY, Ark. (February 20,
2018) – The Southern Literary Festival’s annual contest has again recognized Hendrix
College students for their creative writing.
In the Creative Nonfiction
category, Sarah Weems ’19 won first place for “On Orange Forests and Minds”; Peyton
Coffman ’19 took second place in the Short Story category for “Angelina”; and in
the Print Journal category, Hendrix’s student literary magazine, the Aonian, received an honorable mention. Ellie
Black ’18 served as editor-in-chief.
Contest winners have their
work included in an anthology and are invited to read at the festival. This
year, the Southern Literary Festival takes place April 4-7 at the University of
Tennessee-Martin. The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation provides financial support for
sending the student winners from Hendrix to participate.
“I’m delighted to see the
hard work of our creative writing students recognized at the Southern Literary
Festival,” said Dr. Tyrone Jaeger, Associate Professor of English/Creative
Writing and Director of the Creative Writing Program. “It’s a great pleasure to
work with writers as dedicated and talented as Sarah, Peyton, and Ellie.”
the Southern Literary Festival
The first Southern Literary
Festival was held in April of 1937 at Blue Mountain College. Authors associated
with the festival have included Eudora Welty, Shelby Foote, Katherine Anne
Porter, John Gould Fletcher, and Flannery O’ Connor, as well founding member
Robert Penn Warren. Originally celebrating the traditionally Southern, the
festival has expanded to include a broader, more diverse portrait of what it
means to hail from the American South and to write from a Southern perspective.
For more information, visit www.southernliteraryfestival.org.
A private liberal arts
college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as
one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That
Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and
rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.