The students at Globe University-Madison East are a creative bunch, and the annual Creative Quill contest allows that artistry to shine brightly. The Creative Quill is a literary magazine published annually with submissions from students at all Globe University, Minnesota School of Business and Broadview University campuses.
The first step to getting published is the campus-level contest. The Madison East judging committee received an unprecedented number of submissions and dug into the tough job of determining who would move on to the national contest. In the end, four entries rose to the top.
Keith Bourdon, a veterinary technology student, won first place with a poem title, “Forever and Always.” The judges were impressed with the delicate symmetry of the piece and how it expressed sweet sentiments without getting cloying.
“Unexceptional,” by music business student Elizabeth Gillitzer, took second place. This poem unpacks and examines our dual senses of mediocrity and uniqueness.
Third place went to David Van Schyndel, a student in the massage therapy program, for his creative essay entitled “Losing a Sense”. In this engaging work, David takes the reader on his journey as he learned that he would lose his eyesight.
And lastly, the judges were touched by “Message of Hope: a Tribute to Sandy Hook,” a poem by business administration student, Andrew Zabawa. The Sandy Hook tragedy occurred as the submission deadline loomed, and Andrew was moved to write a beautiful poem honoring the victims of the massacre.
All four of these works will move on to the national contest. Our fingers are crossed that they will ALL be chosen for publication in the 2013 Creative Quill. Congratulations to the authors and good luck!
By Cynthia Bachhuber, Madison East Campus Librarian