Cunningham Writing Contest winners included in printed volume

April 17, 2017

A printed book containing the 2017 winning entries of the Cunningham Writing Contest in Trine University’s Department of Humanities and Communication is available for $5 at

The works were included in a new eBook version of Inscriptions, the department’s online literary journal, but the department also decided to offer a printed version.

“I think anytime you can publish student work you are making it more authentic and real,” said Justin Young, assistant professor in the Department of Humanities and Communication. “A big part of creating is then sharing, and this print edition provides yet another way to share their work.”

The print version includes all the same pieces as the eBook, plus a new design for the full-color cover. The eBook is available through iBooks or as an EPUB version through for free, or for $0.99 through Amazon Kindle.

Those who purchase the print version can also receive the Kindle version for free using Amazon’s Matchbook service.

 “Publishing the Cunningham Writing Contest winners has been a long-term goal since Dr. Sarah Young started up the contest several years back,” said Justin Young. “It was the inspiration for creating originally, as a place to publish student work. We continued that idea last spring with the founding of Trine HAC Press for the publication of our first eBook for Dr. Cassandra Bausman’s Mythology class. This print edition is basically the end of a long journey that began with the website.”

The winners from this year’s contest were provided with a free copy of the print version at the awards ceremony on April 13.

Named after Walter Cunningham, a Tri-State University alumnus, the campus-wide Walter Cunningham Writing Contest honors the best in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and academic writing.

Winners for this year’s contest were:

  • Mycah Houser, a sophomore English and communication major from Valparaiso
  • August Buehrer, a senior music major from Angola
  • Jordan Tinkle, a senior chemical engineering major from Shelbyville
  • Nicole Walters, a senior chemical engineering major from Sunbury, Ohio
  • Jordan Blank, a junior English education major from Montpelier, Ohio
  • Stevie Rosales, a junior math education major from Adrian, Michigan
  • Elijah Thiess, a freshman communication major from Reading, Michigan
  • Sydney Ilko, a freshman elementary education major from Greenwood
  • Alexis DeLancey-Christiansen, a senior professional writing and English studies and communication major from Angola
  • Maria Till, a freshman psychology major from Fort Wayne

“The Cunningham Writing Contest always provides such unique and diverse writing,” said Justin Young. “I’ve really enjoyed flipping through the winners and checking out the creativity our students possess.”

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