Since 2017, the Lynn University Digital Press and Lynn Library present the annual Creative Writing Contest, open to all Lynn students. Short stories and creative nonfiction (personal, memoir, or essay) are accepted.
The winner receives $100 and the narrative is published as an iBook.
Winner 2023 Daniella Bastos
This coming-of-age narrative describes the author’s journey to America, her early struggles with assimilation, and the process of her “ripening” throughout it all.
Winner 2023 Jefferson Horowitz
In a dystopian future, an unhoused family of three is subjected to years-long confinement on a train without stops. However, a surprise is in store for the boy, as his parents have been waiting for the right moment to reveal a gateway.
Winner 2022 Jody Rodriguez
Jody Rodriguez's debut personal essay, A Beautiful Autumn Morning, tells a firsthand account of an event that would change her life as a New Yorker — and our world as a whole — forever.
Winner 2021 Genesis Morlabaez
Genesis Morlabaez’s debut essay, Doctor to Be: A Memoir, reminisces about the author’s roots, her adolescence, and life events that have shaped her a person and student. Morlabaez’s narrative traces back to her earliest days, discussing how her father’s deployment fueled her ambition and shaped her career goals, further detailing the perseverance needed to achieve her aims in life while utilizing grit and determination to one day become a doctor.
Winner 2020 Izzy Mannella
Izzy Mannella’s debut short story, Hunted, tells the suspenseful story of a teenage girl and three young acquaintances searching for and hunting shapeshifters who have possessed the local population, including the protagonist’s grandmother, before time expires on the creatures’ hosts.
Winner 2019 Jenny Charest
Jenny Charest’s debut short story, The Old Man & the Mouse, is a dark tale of a widower and his experience with a supernatural infestation that embraces elements of afterlife and karma.
Winner 2018 Jaja Perkins
Jaja Perkin’s debut, futuristic short story, Interrogation, zeros in on the questioning of a young woman over her involvement in the disappearance and presumptive death of her father, a general in the military.
Winner 2017 Joshua Harlow
This debut short story publication by Joshua Harlow explores the dystopian future of America's judicial system.