Tribal College Journal has announced the winners of its 2017 TCJ Student creative writing contest. This year, the contest brought in scores of entries from tribal college and university (TCU) students from around Indian Country. Author and poet Santee Frazier (Cherokee Nation) is serving as guest editor of TCJ Student, selecting the top entries in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
The top fiction entries are: “Dragging through Time” by Darin Janis of Oglala Lakota College, “The Horse Named Worthless” by Jessica J. Lester of Sitting Bull College, and “Just Dessert” by Douglas Suano Bootes of the Institute of American Indian Arts. The top nonfiction entries are: “The Duality of Gender and Sexuality” by Vinessa Red Bird of Sitting Bull College, “A Long Way from Home” by Amber Ruiz of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, and “Pumpkin Hill” by LaVerne G. Whitebear of Sisseton Wahpeton College. The top entries in poetry are: “All Alone” by Santino Medina of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, “Doing Time” by Darin Janis of Oglala Lakota College, and “Shímásáni Clara” by Boderra Joe of the Institute of American Indian Arts. Students who earned honorable mention include: Christopher Bixby of Blackfeet Community College, Douglas Suano Bootes of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Rhiannon Boyd of College of Menominee Nation, Vivian Carroll of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Marcella Eriacho of Navajo Technical University, Antonio Gomez of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, and Chase Stevens also from Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.
“We had a big turnout this year with lots of high quality writing,” says TCJ editor Bradley Shreve. “I’d like to thank all the students who participated in the contest, as well as the faculty members who encouraged them to do so. Both the high turnout and quality really speak volumes about the growth and development of creative writing classes and programming at tribal colleges.”
The winning students and those earning honorable mention will be recognized at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s awards banquet March 21st in Rapid City. The winning entries will appear in the 2017 edition of TCJ Student, which will be published concurrently with the journal’s fall issue. Those earning honorable mention will be published online at tcjstudent.org. Tribal College Journal will continue to accept submissions to its art and film contest through March 21st.