2015 TCJ Student Competition Gets Better and Better

Aug 20th, 2015 | By | Category: 27-1: Tribal College Communities

The TCJ Student competition submissions just get better and better. This year, by partnering with the annual AIHEC student conference, we received an unprecedented number of art and film entries from tribal college students. With so many high quality works to evaluate, it was a difficult task for our contest judges to select just a few for top honors. The winning entries all displayed exceptional quality, creativity, and were well-presented. These timeless works give a rare snapshot into the lives and viewpoints of up-and-coming artists, and often illicit strong emotions.

We are thrilled and honored that Choctaw author LeAnne Howe judged the student writing entries and also contributed the introduction to this year’s TCJ Student. A prolific writer of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, plays, and more, Howe has received national acclaim for her work. As a Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Georgia, she also shares her knowledge with aspiring student writers.

Because of space limitations, we were unable to publish every exemplary piece in this issue and we hope that you will visit our student website, TCJStudent.org, to read more tribal college student creative writing and to view art and film entries. When you visit, you will also notice that we have a new blog. Our editorial intern, Shaina Nez, has contributed several posts under the moniker “Red Storyteller.” Her stories chronicle her experiences as a tribal college student, and share insights about life after college and her continued quest to pursue a writing career. Many students, I’m sure, will find a kindred spirit in the Red Storyteller. If you are a tribal college student or alumnus (or if you know one) who is interested in sharing original writing, art, and films, keep in mind that TCJ accepts submissions throughout the year for publication at TCJStudent.org.

Inspired by the students’ competitive spirit, Tribal College Journal staff submitted some samples of our own best writing and design work to various magazine competitions to see how we stack up against our peers. This year we’re pleased to announce that the cover art from TCJ’s winter 2014 issue, entitled Evening Mountain Horses, by Kevin Red Star (a former IAIA student), took the Silver Award in Best Magazine Cover Illustration at the Associated Media and Publishing’s annual Excel Awards Gala in Washington, DC. The contest drew over 1,000 entries from association publications throughout the nation.

As we celebrate accomplishments with our students and tribal college colleagues, we are reminded that everything we do is a collaborative effort. Your contributions (either editorially or by subscribing or donating) over the last 25 years help TCJ continue to share the good work of the tribal colleges. Thank you for your ongoing support!

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