May 3, 2012
MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University recently announced the winners of the 2nd Short Fiction Writing Competition sponsored by the Library Advisory Board and the University’s English department. A reception took place on Tuesday, April 24, at the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise where the top three students received cash prizes for finishing in first, second and third place.
The theme for this year’s contest was “The Year 2032.” Lucas Wheeler, a sophomore and son of John and Cheryl Schafer of Caro, earned first place for his entry “Star Dog Legacy;” Benjamin Marsh, a sophomore and son of David and Susan Marsh of Midland, earned second place for his entry “Eternal: E-Terminal;” and Shelby Bailey, a senior and daughter of Don and Lori Bailey of Bay City, earned third place with her entry “The Sanctuary.”
Alice Parsons, head librarian at the Strosacker Library on Northwood’s Michigan Campus, stated, “The Short Fiction Writing Competition provides an opportunity for Northwood students to compete in a writing exercise that highlights creative and imaginative treatment of social, political, philosophical and cultural themes within the format of a short fiction essay. Key components of the competition include an eight-week window for writing and submitting work, judging of submissions by members of Northwood’s English department, monetary award incentives and an awards reception. It is hoped that this competition will inspire students to explore new perspectives of looking at the world and, by doing so, discover things about themselves and humanity that will make them more well-rounded and effective leaders. The students are urged to continue writing as they go forward with their careers because creativity is a natural partner of innovation and business.”
Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.
Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day and evening programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.