President's Writing Awards

Currently in its 37th year, the President’s Writing Awards contest honors undergraduate writing at Boise State.

2019 Winners

Winners of the 37th annual President’s Writing Awards.

Honorarium, Art Design

  • Malena Darden

Creative Nonfiction

  • 1st Place: “The Other Woman” by Pania Tkachenko
  • 2nd Place: “Ammophila” by Rebekah Gunderson
  • 3rd Place, honorable mention: “Landfill” by Kathleen Williams

Critical Analysis


  • 1st Place: “For You” by Andi Rados
  • 2nd Place: “Rebel” by John Barrie
  • 3rd Place, honorable mention: “Tinker” by Allie Chambers

First-Year Writing

Foundations of Ethics and Diversity


  • 1st Place: “Cry Baby” by Priscilla Reyna
  • 2nd Place: “Pulped” by Lyd Havens
  • 3rd Place, honorable mention: “At the Library, a Woman Studies” by Lianne Collins



Thank you to the thirty-seven judges who volunteered their time to read and rank the entries:

Elizabeth Barnes, Ann Campbell, Lori Chastaine, Elizabeth Cook, Martin Corless-Smith, Stephanie Cox, Julia Drew, Addie Glick, Hannah Goldie, Tim Guill, Greg Heinzman, Jill Heney, Tiffany Hitesman, Mark Horton, Kenya Jenkins Fletcher, Dane Johns, Lana Kuchta, Dylan Lambert, Meg Levad, Aaron LoPatin, Palina Louangketh, Garawyn McGill, Christopher Michas, Amanda Micheletty, Heidi Naylor, Amanda Reynolds, Jan Roser, Ruth Salter, Carrie Seymour, Heather Sinnes, Marian Thomas, Gina-Monica Tomulesu, Tessy Ward, Kerri Webster, Jeff Westover, Mark Wood, and Revital Zilonka. Thank you!

Graphic Designers — Each year the President’s Writing Awards works with a graphic design student to create posters, fliers, and banners to market the award.


Previous Writing Award Winners

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