Announcing our Contest Winners

In a singular opportunity for Nebraska’s budding writers to join the ranks of prestigious, award-winning authors, the University of Nebraska Press (UNP) has published a volume of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry written by Nebraska undergraduate college students and high school seniors. Students were invited to submit their contributions in fiction, memoir, poetry, academic essay, and literary and other textual analyses integrating the theme Voices of Nebraska: Diverse Landscapes, Diverse Peoples.

The works encompass the idea of Nebraska’s diverse geography and people, a celebration of life in words. This celebration in particular has been one of UNP’s ways to give back to their community after seventy-five years of continuous publishing.

An internal panel of UNP judges selected the submissions included in the volume, based on each work’s adherence to the theme and quality of writing. From the nineteen submissions selected by the internal panel, an external panel selected the top five submissions.

These top five winners are: Thaddeus Simpson of Omaha, for three works of poetry; Lane Chasek of Lincoln, for his nonfiction “Becoming Vegan in Western Nebraska;” Catherine Pedigo of Omaha, for her fiction “Cottonwood;” Daniel McIlhon of Clive, Iowa, for three works of poetry; and Kristi Walsh of Omaha, for her fiction “Release.”

All the writers published in Voices of Nebraska are invited to continue celebrating with UNP at their 75th anniversary party on November 17 in Lincoln.

The volume is now available for purchase through the University of Nebraska Press website.