New Hampshire Institute of Art’s 2018 Writing Award: Narratives in Prose, Poetry, and Hybridity
Storytelling is a fundamental principle of many art forms, whether it’s poetry, marketing, transmedia, a tweet, or a short story. The New Hampshire Institute of Art’s MFA in Writing program is centered around the idea of deeply examining stories that effectively communicate an idea in any genre. This can manifest in countless ways, from a new lens on traditional storytelling, to experimentation in the resistance of convention.
This fall, NHIA requested submissions from new and emerging writers looking to network with the literary community. The NHIA Writing Award goes to Chinua Ezenwa-Ohaeto of Nigeria for his poetry selections, "It was not by chance." The award committee included MFA Writing Director Monica Bilson, Administrative Director of Graduate Studies and Writing Faculty Beth Ann Miller, and Dean of Graduate Studies Lucinda Bliss. They received submissions from all over the world, and after a blind peer review, selected the winner and two finalists.
“We picked Chinua’s poetry as the winner because of its distinct voice and idiosyncratic use of language,” Bilson said. “Each stanza has a surprise in it, whether it’s an unusual metaphor or striking image. His poetry makes you see everyday life through new eyes.”
The committee also picked two finalists, Amber Burke for her short story “What’s Left” and NHIA alumnus and admissions officer Matthew Gile for his poem, “Make a Pincer.”
“We had no idea the winner lived in Nigeria and one of the finalists was in the building next door until the judging process was over, but we were very pleased with the results!” Bilson added.
Congratulations to our winners!