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Winners announced in MSU 2014 Writer’s Voice contest

September 10, 2014

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Writers of all ages were honored today as winners in the Writer's Voice Competition, Montana State University's writing contest celebrating its 2014 Freshmen Convocation.

Winners received gift certificates courtesy of the competition sponsors as well as $100 cash from a Bozeman Public Library Foundation donor. Honorable mention winners received gift certificates courtesy of the Country Bookshelf and competition sponsors.

Entrants were asked to submit short fiction and  essays of no more than 1,000 words, or poetry inspired by the 2014 MSU freshman summer reading book, “I Am Malala: The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.” The competition, which was in its second year, was open to all MSU students, Montana K-12 students and Montana community members.

Winners, listed by residence and category of writing, were: Maria Munro-Schuster, Bozeman, nonfiction; Dawn Birk Shy, Colstrip short fiction; and Molly Taylor, Bozeman High School student, poetry. Three writers received honorable mention awards: Ursula Vlases, Bozeman’s Longfellow Elementary School, poetry; Youra Moeun, MSU student from Cambodia, nonfiction; Ruth Quinn, Gardiner, poetry.

Cindy Wilson (406) 994-7835,