UNDERGRADUATE MoRe PRIZE
The Undergraduate MoRe Prize is currently closed. Please check back to submit on Oct. 1. 2020
Our 2019-2020 Guest Judge: Deb Olin Unferth
Photo credit to Nick Berard
Undergraduate MoRe Prize Winner 2019-2020: Gabriel J. Perez
Winning Story: “How to Become Your Father”
A Xicano native of San Gabriel Valley, Calif., Gabriel J. Perez’s poetry and fiction dissect the family as a social unit. His creative nonfiction attempts to bring to the fore communities long confined to the peripheries of academia and society at large. He intends to pursue an MFA in creative writing. He is interested in exploring the ways in which the violences of racial prejudice, patriarchy, and poverty bleed into our identities, infect the narratives we inherit and internalize, and ultimately cripple our social consciousness and ability to self-actualize. He believes a teaching position in higher education would enable him to cultivate his passion for research and writing and contribute to the advancement of his community.
Undergraduate MoRe Prize Second Place Winner 2019-2020: Marguerite Alley
Undergraduate MoRe Prize Third Place Winner 2019-2020: Dan Calnan
Story: “Dear Thanatos”
Our 2018-2019 Guest Judge: Kwame Dawes
Photo credit to Chris Abani
Our 2017-18 Guest Judge: Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher’s Weekly and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. Her more than thirty books have also topped the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in over twenty countries.
She has written several young adult novels including The Isle of the Lost, Witches of East End, Blue Bloods, The Gates of Paradise, just to name a few.
She grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. At Columbia University, she majored in art history and English. Melissa de la Cruz lives in West Hollywood, California with her husband and daughter.
Bio credit to melissa-delacruz.com
Undergraduate MoRe Prize Winner 2017-18: Jeremy Shaban
Winning story: “Summer in Autumn”
Undergraduate MoRe Prize Honorable Mention 2017-18: Hannah Diaz
Story: “A Story Never Told”
Undergraduate MoRe Prize Honorable Mention 2017-18: Lauren Caldarella
Story: “There Goes That”
You can read these prize-winning pieces in the newest issue of The Mochila Review, available here.