Mountain Top Native Wins National Creative Writing Award

Annie Hilenski, a senior English major at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, recently won the 2017-2018 Prose Award from the Allegheny Review, a national literary magazine dedicated to publishing undergraduate creative writing at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.

Hilenski's short story Near Fall was chosen by award-winning author B.J. Hollars, who was a guest judge for the prose category. The story is part of a larger series Hilenski is working on about the objectification of women in the world of independent professional wrestling.

"Usually, writing tends to be rather private for me," said Hilenski, of Mountain Top, Pa. "However, because of this award, a project I am really proud of will be shared with a larger audience, which is exciting."

Each year, one winner is selected from each of the two categories, prose and poetry. Winners receive a $250 prize and will have their works published in the 2018 edition of the Allegheny Review.

The Allegheny Review is one of America's few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and artwork.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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