USU's Creative & Art Contest has named the winners in its 30th annual competition, recognizing the best creative work by USU students. Open to all USU undergraduate and graduate students from all departments and disciplines, the contest awards top writers of fiction, , and creative nonfiction, as well as visual artists in drawing, painting, and photography. Each category received the blind review of expert judges drawn from the USU and Cache Valley arts community. Jacob Taylor was named graduate fiction winner for their story “(in)Voluntarily Bound.” “I began writing this story while thinking the added stress the winter months place on unsheltered populations and individuals fleeing violence,” Taylor said. “This story grew from intersections of vulnerable populations placed in terrible situations.” On her winning fiction piece, “Dead Leaves,” undergraduate winner Amber McCuen said: “When trying to respond to a prompt, I looked around my room for inspiration and saw the cowboy hat that I bought as a joke hanging up on my wall. I came up with two brothers fighting over it and then expanded from there. Over the course of the revising process, the story changed dramatically — I changed the point of view, removed a character, and wrote an entirely new ending. This story has grown very dear to me and holds pieces of myself and my own experience throughout it, and I'm very excited to get to share it.” “Abatre” by Jacob Taylor was selected as the graduate nonfiction winner. “This essay sprung from […]

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