Congratulations to our 2017 Writing and Literature Prize Winners!
Click the titles below to view the winning pieces.
Brancart Fiction Award:
Winner: Claire Lowinger-Iverson, Mountain Town
Richardson Poetry Award:
Winner: Maya Theresa Garabedia, Eastern Fruits
Most Excellent Awards:
1st Place: Maya Theresa Garabedian, I Don't Know Why I Don't Call
2nd Place: Corinne Guichard, her collection of poems: In Arusha, Tanzania; Le 14 Juillet; On the Odor of Oranges; Dear Lovers of the World; When My Mother Stopped Singing
Honorable Mention: Abigail Brenneman, Longer
A Brief History of the Brancart Fiction Prize and the Richardson Poetry Prize
The Brancart Fiction Prize and the Richardson Poetry Prize are given each year thanks to an endowment created through the generosity of CCS alumni Christine Lehner (CCS Writing and Literature ’73) and the late Jeffery Hewitt (CCS Writing and Literature ’74), and is intended to foster the College of Creative Studies Writing and Literature program. The endowments were established in memory of their grandmothers, Reine Brancart and Henrietta Wing Richardson.
Reine Brancart, Christine’s grandmother, was a Belgian national who spent most of her married life in Egypt, where Christine attended kindergarten. She relocated to Santa Barbara for the year Christine began her studies at UCSB in the College of Creative Studies. They drove across country in Mrs. Brancart’s car and found her an apartment, after which Christine went off to the dorms, reserving weekends for fun with her grandmother. Mrs. Brancart lived to see publication of Christine’s fiction.
Henrietta Wing Richardson, Jeffrey’s grandmother, was his favorite adult when he was young. She was supportive of him in his ambitions to be a writer. Her regard stimulated him. In turn, it is Jeff’s hope that the Richardson Poetry Prize will “motivate people to think about writing while they are young.” Jeff credits the College of Creative Studies for “the opportunity to write as an undergraduate and be treated as a writer.”