Once again, we were fortunate to receive a number of outstanding works for our University of Missouri Undergraduate Writing Competition.
In addition to our winner, Annalee Roustio, we’d like to congratulate three other truly outstanding undergraduate writers:
- Crystal Cox for “Bumpy Love Body”
- Elliot Goodman for “The Sleeping Habits of Poltergeists”
- Jewell Pfister for “Condense”
If you want to hear these works (and trust us, you do) join us on January 28th, at 5:00 p.m. in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. You can read Annalee’s piece, “Worried, Sick” on our scrolling LED display outside the gallery.
Thanks also to Grace Gardiner and Lindsay Fowler for judging the competition this year.
We moved on to our next installation, Sonnet (51) by Nikki Wallschlaeger, without posting any photos from the wonderful reading and poster-printing event that wrapped up our MU Undergraduate Writing Competition. So, in the spirit of better late than never, we’ve finally organized some images to share!
Click the images to read the captions. Not pictured is runner-up Sabrina Brons, who read her piece, “Gossip.” The first gallery features images from the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, where the reading was held. The second set of images is from SRLBX x THERETHERENOW, where we held a reception with refreshments, a reading room stocked full of artist’s books and zines, and a poster-printing session for Kirstin Smith’s broadside (the contest’s publication prize).
LED co-founder, Carley Gomez, introducing the readers.
Runner-up Sabrina Heffern reading her short story, “On the Wings of Her Fledglings.”
Classmates and runners-up, Kelly Schoessling and Sabrina Heffern.
Kelly Schoessling reads her story, “Is it Distance or Space?” (Photo credit: Emerson Davis)
The 2018 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition made the George Caleb Bingham Gallery a lively location for a reading.
Contest winner Kirstin Smith introduces her piece, “Milk Carton Faces.” (Photo credit: Emerson Davis)
Kirstin also shared why creative writing is important to her, and how she hopes her writing helps her readers.
Travis Shaffer, MU photo instructor and founder of There There Now, simultaneously snacks and supervises as Kristin Smith prints her own broadside.
The risograph resting after 200 copies of “Milk Carton Faces” have been printed.
In the other room, we had set up a reading room with an assortment of artist’s publications.
Yesterday, we introduced our winning writer, Kirstin Smith.
We also have some talented runners up to acknowledge:
- Sabrina Brons for her story, “Gossip”
- Sabrina Heffern for her story, “On the Wings of Her Fledglings”
- Kelly Schoessling for her story, “Is it Distance or Space?”
They have also been invited to share their submissions at our reading event at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the MU Campus on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m.
Stick around after to celebrate at SRLBX x THERETHERENOW (206 Hitt St.) and enjoy snacks, refreshments, and art.
We are proud to announce that Kirstin Smith is the winner of the 2018 MU Undergraduate Juried Writing competition!
Our judges, Jordi Alonso and Anna Wehrwein, chose Kirstin’s intense work of flash fiction, “Milk Carton Faces.”
Kirstin Smith is a sophomore at the University of Missouri, majoring in Biology and minoring in Anthropology. Her writing career began at a young age with successes such as being published in the Young Authors chronicle with many other aspiring writers as a fifth grader. From there, she devoted many hours to writing hundreds of fan stories of the DC universe, Batman specifically, and amassed nearly 500 works by her junior year of high school. She continues writing in her free time to cope with depression and aims to one day help others with her words.
You can read “Milk Carton Faces” any time at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery or SRLBX x THERETHERENOW.
Better yet, you can hear Kirstin read her work at our reading event at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building on the MU Campus on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m.
After the reading, we’ll carry on celebrating with an after party at SRLBX x THERETHERENOW (207 Hitt St.) Stop by for refreshments and art!
Columbia area writers: today is your last chance to submit your work to the Columbia Daily Tribune LED writing competition!
That means this is your last chance to win a cash prize, and see your work displayed on a scrolling LED sign in downtown Columbia!
You can double-check the guidelines and submit right here on our website. If you prefer, you can also submit through the Columbia Daily Tribune website. Just don’t wait!
The system will close right at midnight tonight.
Here’s a quick shout out to the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs for including our Tribune LED Writing Contest in their newsletter this week! The OCA is sponsoring the contest’s prize, but they do so much more for Columbia! If you’re in the area, sign up for their newsletter – it’s a great way to keep up with the local arts scene.
We would like congratulate our September writer, Lisa Torem, on a forthcoming publication. Her LED contribution was the memorable poem, Packrats. Her new piece is a short story, which will be included in the next volume of The Cost of Paper. Having heard one of her short stories at the LED Anthology book launch, we have no doubt that you’ll want to read her prose, too.
We will share more about Lisa’s achievement when we have more information, and when the publication is available, so check back.
We hope you all look into The Cost of Paper, as it shares much in common with our interests in and approach to publishing. We enjoy seeing another publisher play with the economic and material constraints of publishing in a way that fuels creativity and helps illuminate the machinations of the literary world. And, of course, we hope you join us in supporting and celebrating Lisa’s writing!