UNC students win prizes in Long Story Short Awards Contest

In Spring 2022, Short Story UNC competed in in the Long Story Short Award (LSSA), sponsored by Short Edition. The annual inter-university contest asked for poems and creative nonfiction stories of 7,500 characters or less in the categories of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Out of over 15 competing universities, UNC received 135 entries to the contest, tying for the greatest number of submissions with BYU. The prize for most submissions is a free short story dispenser, so a 9th machine will be added to our fleet of eight.

In addition, out of the 94 texts that were chosen by jury and popular vote, UNC represented 32 finalists, a full third of the total. Out of those finalists, the following students won prizes. Congratulations to these four UNC-Chapel Hill students who won awards! 

  • Juried Winner
    • Accismus” by Kelly Copolo (’22), Poetry
  • Juried Runners-Up
    • Orpheus” by Nicole Arch (’22), Poetry
    • Moondust” by Lysander Champion (’22), Short Fiction
    • swim” by Emily Gajda (’23), Creative Nonfiction

The Short Story UNC program includes eight short story dispensers which are scattered across UNC-Chapel Hill as part of a collaborative partnership with UNC Press, the Department of English & Comparative Literature, UNC’s Creative Writing Program, and Arts Everywhere.