YORK, Pa. — Creative expression has an outlet at Penn State York as students are being recognized for their work as part of the Penn State York Literary Competition, sponsored by the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center and Any Other Word (AOW), the campus’ online literary magazine.
“The competition was fierce, and I think everyone that participated really put their all into their submissions. I am extremely grateful to have been part of this process, and I want to say 'thank you' to everyone who brought their creativity to the table, and to The Pullo Center for sponsoring the event,” said Calvin Bellomo, an English major at Penn State York, the editor for AOW, and a judge for the competition along with Noel Sloboda, associate professor of English and adviser for the online magazine.
Three prizes are being awarded in three categories: short story, poetry and visual art (magazine cover art). Amazon gift cards are being awarded to each winner: $75 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.
“We received some really rich poetry that paired well with several of the visual art winners, and in an effort to better highlight that dynamic, we decided to make this year's edition of AOW entirely poetry and visual art,” Bellomo said. “This way we can feature more of the really wonderful poems and works of art that were submitted. There are a few honorable mentions in each category and even 'almost ties' for first, second and third place for each category. Without giving the entire game away, we are excited for a successful publication this spring, issue No. 12 of Any Other Word.”
Winners in their categories are:
Mary Dizor, “Brushes” – first place
Bryce Thoman, “Laughing Gull Sunset” – second place
Mallory Kurnik, “Untitled Painting” – third place
Carson Kratzer, “The Northern Face” – honorable mention
Nhi Nguyen, “Greyscale Regime” – first place
Rachel Wojnarski, “Paradise or Purgatory” – second place
Sophie Cummings, “The Writer” – third place
Percy Chowdhury, “An Unknown Road” – honorable mention
Isabel Jungclaus, “Woodward” – first place
Ben Levalley, “Cautious Honesty” – second place
Mallory Kurnik, “.mad” – third place
Max Humphris, “Picasso: Self Portrait” – honorable mention
Selected works will be published in the upcoming issue of AOW, which will feature Mary Dizor’s work, “Brushes,” as the cover art.
The Pullo Center has supported student creative work for several years and has helped to provide the prizes for the contest. Work published in Any Other Word is selected by its editors, who read all entries submitted and make selections; the student adviser has the final say on what is published. All authors retain full copyrights of their works.
The publication takes its name from the quote by William Shakespeare, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet.” To learn more and to read previous issues, visit the Any Other Word website.