Hemmingway Contest



Margie Yu
Public Affairs Spec.
(323) 343-3047

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Cal State L.A. Graduate Student
is First Runner-up in
Imitation Hemmingway Contest

Los Angeles, CA – Graduate student Elaine Howell, a student of Cal State L.A. creative writing professor Mary Bush (English), was first runner-up in the 2003 23rd annual international Imitation Hemingway Contest, sponsored by Hemispheres, United Airlines in-flight magazine. The magazine announced the winners in this month’s issue.

Howell, a writer, an editor at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, and a creative writing student in Cal State L.A.’s English M.A. Program, heard about the competition through her class with Bush. Her entry, “The Sun Also Rises in Hundred Acre Woods,” follows Piglet as he attempts to escape tormenting memories of the Christopher Robin War by downing shots of honey at Pooh’s Place. “Milne’s character, Piglet, seems like the perfect Hemingway hero (anti-hero?) to me—riddled with anxiety and fear, emasculated and unempowered, melancholic, quietly tortured,” Howell says. “I’m sure if Milne had written a bar into Hundred Acre Woods, Piglet would be a regular.”

Hemispheres is a critically acclaimed award-winning magazine. It is mentioned annually in The Best American Short Stories, and has published the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.

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