Creative Writing Contests for high schoolers

In 2013, The Wick Poetry Center launched the National Teen Writing Contest and accepted submissions from high school students throughout the United States. Ian was the first winner for his poem "Holden Beach."

Ian was awarded a $500 prize, as was SCGSAH. He will travel to Kent State to be the featured reader at the October 1 Celebrating Our Own reading. Celebrating Our Own is an annual reading that showcases the poems of talented high school and undergraduate scholarship winners.

This recognition is not surprising to the Creative Writing faculty.

“It would be an understatement to describe Ian as diligent, ” says Mamie Morgan, SCGSAH poetry instructor. “He understands poetry as a labor of love and, thusly, his work matures continuously into precise, thoroughly conceptualized, singing poems. I marvel at his ethic and enjoy so much working alongside him and counseling his process.”

Ian is from Columbia and formerly attended Dreher High School before attending SCGSAH.

Creative Writer Ian Burnette wins National Teen Writing Contest

The Creative Writing Program at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, developed by professional writers, is intensive and highly challenging to ensure talent development and productivity. Students concentrate on sound writing techniques in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting. The goal of the Creative Writing Program is to recruit and mentor the finest young writers in South Carolina. The program offers a creative, supportive atmosphere and a course of study supervised by practicing, published writers.

The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University was founded thirty years ago by Robert and Walter Wick in memory of their sons, Stan and Tom Wick. The mission of the center is to encourage new voices in poetry by promoting opportunities for both established and emerging writers throughout the country. They run a nationally recognized first book prize, a chapbook prize, and award $30, 000 in annual tuition scholarships to Kent State.

Since its founding as a teacher-training school in 1910, Kent State has become an engine for economic, cultural and workforce development in the region and beyond as one of the premiere Ohio colleges. This university also has earned acclaim for applying new knowledge to address the needs of the communities it serves and society as a whole through a vast array of continuing education courses and much more.

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