UNLV Creative Writing Fiction Students Win National & International Awards

Ernie Wang, Olufunke Ogundimu, Lorinda Toledo, Joe Milan, and Kate Shapiro
Jun. 18, 2018

UNLV Creative Writing Fiction Students Win National & International Awards  (6-19-18):


The Creative Writing International Program, the Department of English, and the Black Mountain Institute are celebrating an unprecedented sweep of major literary and scholarly awards this year.

Olufunke Ogundimu, M.F.A. 2018, has won a coveted Pushcart Prize for her story, “The Armed Letter Writers” (originally published in “New Orleans Review”). The prize includes publication in the Pushcart Prize anthology of best writing from the small and literary presses. She has been short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing for the same story, and will be flown to London for the ceremonies and announcement of the winner on July 2nd.

Ernie Wang, M.F.A. 2016, and current Las Vegas resident, has won a P.E.N. America Prize for Best Debut Short Stories for his story “Stay Brave, My Hercules” (originally published in “McSweeney’s”). The prize carries a cash award and publication in the renowned P.E.N. Best Debut Short Stories anthology next fall. Ernie accepted the award in February, at the P.E.N. America ceremonies in New York City.

Kate Shapiro, currently enrolled M.F.A. student in fiction, has won first prize in the very competitive SLS “Summer Literary Seminars” contest for her story “The Language of a Perfect Woman.” The prize includes free tuition and air fare to any of the SLS seminars, and publication of the story in “Fence” magazine next fall. Kate is currently traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia, and St. Petersburg, Russia, to attend an SLS summer seminar and complete research on her book. 

Joe Milan, Jr., current Ph.D.-BMI Fellow in Fiction, has won the F( r) iction Prize selected by Celeste Ng for Innovative Prose for his story, “Once A Little Blue Frog Told His Mother No”. The prize carries a cash award, national recognition, and publication in “F(r )iction” magazine. 

Lorinda Toledo, current Ph.D.-BMI Fellow in Fiction, has won a Barrick Graduate Fellowship (one of two) at UNLV for her excellence in scholarship and writing. Lorinda is using the award to complete her Ph.D. creative dissertation.