|Writing Contest winner Anthony Kaltenbach (left) is congratulated by OU-C Dean Martin Tuck|
By OU-C public relations student employee Lindsay Shirk
Through his collection of everyday experiences with his daughter, Anthony Kaltenbach won the OU-C Writing Center fall writing contest for his essay Rituals.
“I molded together activities that my daughter and I do every day…typical things,” said Kaltenbach, a language arts major. “I simply started writing. I used personal experiences and tried to somehow make it fit the genre of a ghost story.”
Each quarter, the Writing Center hosts the writing contest. This fall quarter, the contest theme was “Haunts, Spooks and Specters.” Kaltenbach’s writing was encouraged by his English professor in particular.
“Jan Schmittauer, a professor in an online English class, pushed me to write more and saw that I have a knack for writing … she was very supportive,” he said.
More than a dozen entries were received for this quarter’s contest, but Kaltenbach’s proved to “haunt” judges the most.
“For this particular contest, Rituals is very well written and has what one judge describes as a true ‘haunting’ quality about it. The strong imagery and nostalgic tone allows readers to visualize the scene and Tony keeps the focus and tension well-balanced in the 1,200 word limitation,” said Deb Nickles, coordinator of the Writing Center.
The Writing Center has hosted the event since 2008. Contest winners receive a $75 gift certificate to the college bookstore. Last year, the center published an OU-C literary journal, Glass Enclosures, comprised of undergraduate and alumni literary works.
“We hope to build a community of writers through these combined efforts and promote better writing as a whole on campus,” said Nickles.
OU-C also has published several works in an online gallery through the National Gallery of Writing. Students and faculty can submit works to the public gallery called “The Fishbowl at the OU-C Writing Center.” The gallery can be viewed online at: http://galleryofwriting.org/galleries/2374953.
Submissions for the winter quarter writing contest are being accepted through 4 p.m. on March 9 in the Stevenson Center Learning Center. The winter contest, “Facebook, iPhones and the Xbox: Technology in Flux,” focuses on the impact that personalized technology has made in changing American culture and the benefits and harmful effects of these changes. The contest is open to all genres of writing. For more information contact the Writing Center at (740) 774-7779 or email Nickles at email@example.com.