2013 TCJ Student Writing Contest Winners

The Tribal College Journal (TCJ) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual creative student writing contest.  This year we had a strong pool of entries in all categories, making our decision difficult.  We thank all those who submitted their work and look forward to more submissions in the years to come.

In each category, we chose three award recipients—there are no places. Recipients are listed in alphabetical order. We also recognized some additional excellent entries with an honorable mention. The editor of Tribal College Journal will announce the winners in each category at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s annual student awards banquet in Green Bay, Wisconsin on March 20. Award recipients will receive a plaque recognizing their achievement along with a Kindle Fire. Their work will be published in the fall edition of TCJ as well as on the new online student literary magazine, TCJ Student. Those earning an honorable mention will be recognized with a certificate at the banquet and their entries will also be published online at TCJ Student.

Without further ado, here are TCJ’s award winners for 2013:

Best Memoir/Narrative

Award Recipients

Marcus Hamley (Turtle Mountain Community College) “The Blaspheme of Joshua”
James Lindgren (Turtle Mountain Community College) “Fast Shoes”
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Man the World Forgot”

Honorable Mention

Jamie Ball (Blackfeet Community College) “Crossing the Mountains”
Misty Daniels (Fort Peck Community College) “What I Deserve”
Byron Faspaas (Institute of American Indian Arts) “The Craft”
Michael Kittson (Blackfeet Community College) “Impact of Education in Indian Country”
Koby Sommer (Sitting Bull College) “Between a Drum and a Heart”
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Remembering in a World of Forgetting”

Best Fiction

Award Recipients

Kaylene Jay Big Knife (Institute of American Indian Arts) “Today, Caribou”
Josh Cunningham (Haskell Indian Nations University) “Happy, Hopeful”
Katrina Montoya (Institute of American Indian Arts) “Daughter”

Honorable Mention

Kaylene Jay Big Knife (Institute of American Indian Arts) “A Dragon’s Epilogue”
Free Dubois (Cankdeska Cikana Community College) “John Broken Rib”
Eileen John (Haskell Indian Nations University) “Desert Life”
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Journey of a Dime Store Rose”
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Wanderer of the Wastes”
Jennifer Whitewolf (Comanche Nation College) “Champion Fancy Dancer”
Wayne Thomas Yandell (Haskell Indian Nations University) “Goodbye Missouri”

Best Poetry

Award Recipients

Eileen John (Haskell Indian Nations University) “Lost Traditions”
Anna Nelson (Institute of American Indian Arts) “To the Child Born in the Age of Technology”
Tom Swift Bird (Oglala Lakota College) “Hymn From Beneath the Empire’s Heel”

Honorable Mention

Roderick Bruce, Jr. (Turtle Mountain Community College) “A Frozen People”
Lisa Jones (Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute) “Paradox”
Douglas Karaszewski (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College) “The Mad River Flows”
Katrina Montoya (Institute of American Indian Arts) “How These Levees Broke”
Desiree Pulido (Northwest Indian College) “We are Red and Vibrant”

Cover Art


Bryson Meyers (Fort Peck Community College) “Sacred Warrior”

Honorable Mention

Mariah Ashley (Dine’ College) “Desert Gold”
Misty Daniels (Fort Peck Community College) “Reflections”
Adrian Herder (Dine’ College) Baby New Year
Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy III (Sitting Bull College) “Thunder Warrior”
Moira Villiard (Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College) “Luna Moth”

We would like to thank our sponsors—the U.S. Coast Guard, Prescott College, Navajo Technical College, and the Crazy Horse Memorial—for their generous support.

Congratulations to all of the winners.  We hope that you will check out the excellent work of these talented writers in the fall edition of TCJ and TCJ Online!  Also, TCJ will be launching a new online student literary website where students from tribal colleges and universities can post their original poetry, fiction, memoir/narratives, and artwork.  The site, called TCJ Student, is scheduled to launch at the beginning of the 2013 fall semester.

THANK YOU to the 2013 student writing contest sponsors: