The annual literary competition at Brookhaven College honored students for their poetry, fiction and essays. Aaron Clark, English professor, announced the winners to the college. The judges were English professors Nimmy Nair, Amy Kersey, Janell Edwards, Carol Grinage, John Mammen, Scarlett Hill and Nancy Barlow, along with past literary contest coordinator and English professor, Ed Garcia.
Erin Marissa Russell was awarded both first and third place for poetry, with Amanda Kersey winning second. Shaunte Allen took first place in fiction, with Jerry Dozier earning second place, and Bradley Kittle winning third place. Jessica Gerard won first place for essays, with Pavin Akis earning second and Abigail Turner winning third.
Top winners at the college also sent their pieces on to the DCCCD’s 2010-2011 League for Innovation Literary Competition. Two students took home top honors from this competition and they will move on to compete at the League's national competition, hosted by San Diego City College. Russell was awarded first place and $100 in the poetry category for her piece, “Boat Steed.” Allen won first place in the fiction category for her story, “Third Life...” Russell won first prize in the national competition in 2009 for a short story titled “That's What It's All About.”