NMU SHORT STORY AND POETRY CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

            The winners of Northern Michigan University’s VandeZande Fiction Prize and the Legler Memorial Poetry Prize were announced at a recent ceremony.

            The winner of the VandeZande Fiction Prize was Jaime VanEnkevort, a junior English major from Bark River. Her essay was titled “How to Find a Three-Legged Dog.” Other finalists in the contest – all from Marquette – were Michala Hansen with “Pancakes,” Alaina Vandermissen with “Cartoon-Worthy” and Stefan Mittlebrunn with “Birth Control.”

            Hansen, a senior English major, won the Legler Memorial Poetry Prize. Her poem was titled “For Little Jude.” The two finalists in the contest were Cameron Witbeck from Vestaburg with the poem “Abracadabra” and Thomas Rich from Dexter, for his piece titled “City.”

            The VandeZande Fiction Prize was established this year to honor former NMU professor John VandeZande, who died in 2006. The Legler Memorial Poetry Prize is awarded annually and was created in 1993 to honor former professor Phil Legler, who died in 1992. 



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