“What Can You Pen?” 2015 Contest Results

After over 50 submissions and 2 rounds of judging, we’re excited to announce the winners for the third annual “What Can You Pen?” creative writing contest!

First, though, we’d like to give credit where credit is due. The following individuals and organizations were instrumental in helping us put on this year’s contest:

  • Westwind, for publishing the first-place winners and judging the preliminary round.
  • UCLA Professors Robert Watson, Brian Stefans, and Christopher Mott, for judging the final round.
  • Artists Jacqueline Mak, Monica Pan, Angela Hu, Autumn Chang, and Erin Sakaji, for illustrating the winning pieces as prizes.

Now, on to the winners:


First place: Rebecca Tang (“hair day”)

Second place: Nicole Penrod (“Prometheus”)

Honorable Mention: Lyndsey Silveira (“Odin the wandering recycling man”)



First Place: Annie Yu (“Jane”)

Second Place: Ari Reider (“The Comedian”)

Honorable Mention: Jessica Waite (“Something Good Can Work”)

Winners will be recognized at our spring open mic night on Thursday, April 9 from 6-8pm in Powell Library’s Rose Gilbert Reading Room. After readings from the winning pieces, the mic will open up to any who wish to read. You can sign up to read in advance at this form or at the event.

(a previous version of this blog post stated that the open mic night was on Tuesday, April 7, but it will be on Thursday!)

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