Externadista, first prize winner of the XXXIII National University Short Story and Poetry Competition, Universidad Externado de Colombia

This year, for the first time in the competition’s history, a Law student from our University, Claudia Michelle Halaby Haddad, won first prize in the Short Story category. In the Poetry category, first place went to Alejandro Morales Sánchez from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín campus.

The National University Short Story and Poetry Competition organized by our House of Studies, unlike many others, has had continuity over time (50 years of Short Story and 30 years of Poetry). The contest, characterized by the judges’ rigor, the commitment to the timely payment of prizes, and impartiality, has resulted in an increase, year after year, in the number of contenders. In the case of Poetry, this year’s participation tripled, with a total of 103 entries.

On November 20, 2020, the jury held a meeting through the Zoom platform to issue the corresponding minutes.

The Short Story jury was made up by John Fitzgerald Torres, Gustavo Bueno Rojas, and Mery Yolanda Sánchez (replacing Luisa Fernanda Trujillo, who unfortunately passed away in August).  They warded the first prize to Claudia Michelle Halaby Haddad, Externado de Colombia University Law student, for her set of stories “Psicodelias y otras manifestaciones.” The second prize was awarded to Brayan Elian Castiblanco Ortigoza, a student at the Sciences Faculty of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, who participated with his collection of stories “Descendiente del sol.”

Also, in the Short Story category, the judges awarded two honorable mentions to the sets of stories “Los koalas salvajes” by Esteban Ricardo Jiménez Bedoya, a student at the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, and “Esperando Justicia” by Diego Andrés Casallas Herrera, a student at the Universidad de los Andes.

In the Poetry category, the jury, made up by Tania Ganitsky, Beatriz Vanegas Athías, and José Luis Díaz-Granados, decided, by consensus, to award the first prize to Alejandro Morales Sánchez, a student at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Medellín campus, for his book “Abandonados en la puerta de la historia.” The second-prize winner was Luisa Masiel Díaz Ortiz, a student at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, for her book “Es época de avispas.”  Also, the judges granted an honorable mention to Cristián Leonardo Rincón, a student at the Caro y Cuervo Institute, who presented his book “Revoluciones lentas.”

To view the list of winners of the XXXIII National University Short Story and Poetry Competition, click HERE.

To view the minutes of the meeting in the Short Story category, click HERE.

To view the minutes of the meeting in the Poetry category, click HERE.

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