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Image of Libraries announces 'Written in the Stars’ Short Stories spring contest winners

Libraries announces 'Written in the Stars’ Short Stories spring contest winners

The People’s Choice winner, “Leftover Destiny,” a poem written by Shruti Natal, received the most online reader votes via the Libraries Short Stories website during the contest. Natal, a third-year student from India studying industrial engineering at Penn State University Park, said her inspiration came from a Carl Sagan quote, and that “Despite it being out of control, human life and destiny is complex and worthy of appreciation.”

The student Editorial Board is comprised of eight students under the leadership of a Short Edition Editorial Board intern, most recently Ashton Zillhardt, who held the post for three years before graduating in May. In addition to leading the Editorial Board, many of Zillhardt’s submissions have earned Honorable Mentions in past writing contests.

The Libraries Short Stories Editorial Board winners, chosen by the all-student editorial team and listed alphabetically by title, are:

  • Every Time I Die,” a poem by RRRadan, pen name for Michelle Paukett, a fourth-year student studying plant pathology and international agriculture and development at Penn State University Park, from Greene, New York.
  • Opposites,” a poem by Brendah Polanco, a senior studying criminal justice at Penn State Abington, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Strung-Out,” a short story by Sabin Bottomstone, a senior studying writing and digital media at Penn State Berks, from Myerstown, Pennsylvania.
  • "You are an Abyss," a short story by Gus Eberlein, a second-year student studying physics and astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State University Park, from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Honorable mentions, chosen by the all-student editorial team, are:

  • "The Fates’ Blind Eye," a short story by Mackenzie Siegel, a senior studying writing and digital media at Penn State Berks, from Reading, Pennsylvania.
  • "A Secret Message Ending in Forever," a short story by Ashton Zillhardt, a senior studying writing and digital media at Penn State Berks, from Mohnton, Pennsylvania.
  • "Fated," a poem by Kris Wilde, administrative support staff for nursing and radiology sciences at Penn State Schuylkill.
  • "Heavenly Bodies," a short story by Rebecca Horwitt, a childhood education assistant for the Arboretum at Penn State, University Park.


Full article available at: https://www.psu.edu/news/university-libraries/story/libraries-announces-written-stars-short-stories-spring-contest-winners/.
Image of Libraries' new regional short story dispensers double Penn State writers' reach

Libraries' new regional short story dispensers double Penn State writers' reach

Penn State University Libraries’ Short Edition short story dispensers are now at five of its Commonwealth Campus library locations, including, John D. Vairo Library at Penn State Brandywine, Penn State Harrisburg Library, Berks Thun Library and John M. Lilley Library at Penn State Behrend. With its placement this semester of five additional short story dispensers, the University Libraries now has 10 short story dispensers University-wide, including one with community partner Schlow Centre Region Library, making it both the first and largest university partner with Short Edition worldwide.

Image of Libraries' Short Edition partnership with Schlow grows to welcome local writers

Libraries' Short Edition partnership with Schlow grows to welcome local writers

Penn State University Libraries’ partnership with Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College will expand starting Nov. 1, when its Short Edition short story reading collaboration is extended to local-resident writers.

Centre County writers of original short fiction and poetry will be able to submit their creative works through the Libraries Short Stories website, psu.short-edition.com. Their submissions also may be considered for distribution through the Libraries’ four Short Edition short story dispensers on Penn State’s University Park campus, as well as its fifth dispenser in Schlow Library’s adult services department.