Monday, May 13, 2013

Young Writers Workshop 2012 National Contest Winners!


Department of English, Southern Illinois university Carbondale, Faner Hall 2380, Mailcode 4503, 1000 Faner Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901


Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Younkin-Rivera Prizes For Young Writers


Carbondale, Illinois: The Young Writers Workshop, an annual creative writing workshop for high school writers, is proud to announce the winners of the annual Younkin-Rivera Prizes for Young Writers. Each winner will receive an award of $150 and free registration to the 2012 Young Writers Workshop, to be held on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


In prose, this year's winner is Myra Stull for her story "Fireflies." Myra lives in St. Louis, Missouri and is homeschooled.

In poetry, this year's winner is Ricardo Cortez de la Cruz II of Bloomington, Illinois for his poem "For the Crows." Ricardo attends University High School in Normal, Illinois.

The awards, open to creative writers aged 15-18 from across the country, are named in memory of Brad Younkin and Roxana Rivera, two young writers who were once students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing.

The Young Writers Workshop at Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a five-day, co-ed, residential creative writing workshop for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in developing their skills in the writing of poetry and prose. In 2013, the workshop will held from June 25 to June 29, 2013. Additional information about this year's session can be found at

The awards will next be offered in 2014. For information about next year's awards, please contact Allison Joseph, the Young Writers Workshop Director, at