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2016 Contest

Posted March 31, 2016

Nelson Ogbuagu from Grinnell College Named Winner of the 2016 ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest

Nelson Ogbuagu, a senior at Grinnell College, has been named the winner of the 44th annual ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest and receives the first prize of $1,000.

Ogbuagu’s story "Playing It Safe" was selected for the award by Chicago author Bill Hillmann, who served as the final judge for the contest this year.

Thirty-two stories written by students at ACM colleges were submitted for the 2016 contest. Diana Beck, Professor and Co-Chair of Educational Studies at Knox College, and Christina Eddington, Instructor of English as a Second Language at Beloit College, served as initial faculty readers for the contest, selecting six finalists from which Hillmann selected the winner.

In commenting on "Playing It Safe," Hillmann wrote that it "reads as both an essay and a story, it is political and at the same time it's just a voice from a very particular time and place. It is a psychological thriller and a coming of age tale of an introspective and sensitive youth. In other words it works on a lot of levels."

Read more about Nelson Ogbuagu

and read his winning story: Playing It Safe!


Honorable Mention stories

Hillmann also awarded honorable mentions to three of the finalists:

Honorable MentionsFind out about the authors and read their stories!

 
 

Thirty-two stories written by students at ACM colleges were submitted for the 2016 contest. Diana Beck, Professor and Co-Chair of Educational Studies at Knox College, and Christina Eddington, Instructor of English as a Second Language at Beloit College, served as initial faculty readers for the contest, selecting six finalists from which Hillmann selected the winner and honorable mentions.

The other two stories selected as finalists by the faculty judges were “In Retrospect, an Impression” by Noah Bunnell from Carleton College and “Wilderness” by Maria Catherino from Cornell College.


Bill Hillmann Was Final Judge of the 2016 Contest

Bill Hillmann

Bill Hillmann

Bill Hillmann, who selected the prize-winning and honorable mention stories in the 2016 Nick Adams Contest, is the author of two books — a memoir entitled Mozos: A Decade Running with the Bulls of Spain (2015) and a novel, The Old Neighborhood (2014). The Old Neighborhood was named "Best Novel of 2014" by the Chicago Sun-Times, “Best New Book” by Chicago Reader, and received critical acclaim from Booklist and The Week. Read more about Bill Hillmann