CSUB Students Honored with Betty Creative Writing Awards

Winners of California State University, Bakersfield’s 2017 Betty Creative Writing Awards were recognized during the recent Sigma Tau Delta Annual Induction and Awards Ceremony.

“We tend to forget that many of our English majors and minors are more than analysts of others’ writings,” said CSUB Religious Studies Professor Dr. Stafford Betty. “For me, there is hardly any feeling more rewarding than putting the right words around a good story, and I want our students to know that feeling.”

Presented annually through the generosity of Dr. Betty and co-sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta and CSUB’s Department of English, the Betty Creative Writing Awards aim to honor and foster creative work from both undergraduate and graduate students currently attending CSUB and the CSUB Antelope Valley Center.

Students submit their original work in three separate categories: poetry, short story, and drama. All entries are judged anonymously by a volunteer screening committee consisting of CSUB English faculty who select three winners per category. “The work they carve out of their busy schedules makes my contribution minor by comparison,” said Dr. Betty.

Winners are as follows:

  • Poetry:
    • 1st Place - “The Lost Dream,” by Barry Ramirez ($500)
    • 2nd Place - “Sentiment Being Told Not to Speak Aloud” Hana Qwfan ($300)
    • 3rd Place - “Growing Up in No Particular Order,” by Julia Edith Rios ($200)
  • Short Story:
    • 1st Place - “Beliefs,” by Julia Edith Rios ($500)
    • 2nd Place - “Knight Errant,” by Bailey Russell ($300)
    • 3rd Place - “Rise,” by Annie Russell ($200)
  • Drama:
    • 1st Place - “Bruised,” by Sabrina Melissa Corona ($500)
    • 2nd Place - “There’s No Such Thing as Diet Soda,” by Anthony Jauregui ($300)
    • 3rd Place - “The Last Mile,” by Barry Ramirez ($200)

“Everywhere I look I see students and professors in the sciences and engineering being rewarded for their research.  Fiction writers, playwrights, and poets?  Never,” said Dr. Betty. “But the truth is that most creative writers research their stories in considerable depth before they sit down to write.  I’m happy to reward them for their efforts.”

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