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Initiated by David Moroney, Cleopatra Goularas, and Marthe-Siobhán Hecke in 2020, the Department of English, American and Celtic Studies will organise a Writing Competition every semester. The winning pieces and announcements regarding the next Writing Competition can be found here. In 2022 the first volume of "Lingering Lines", a journal for selected Writing Competition winning pieces & art works by IAAK students was published for the first time. Share it far and wide!

Winter Term 2023 Writing Competition

A new Writing Competition is upon us! All BA and MA students are welcome, let your creativity flow!

Find all relevant information in this FLYER!

Share it far and wide...

Summer Term 2023 Winners

And if you need inspiration... Check out last semester's winning pieces!

1. Dandelion Seed by Ziwen Chen (she/her)
2. Marianne I’m not a religious person by Diba Gharib (she/her)
3. Academia by Alexandra Herbst (she/her)
4. Custom of Insanity by Zeynep Güngör (she/her)
5. Dispense by Maria Wolke

Short Stories
1. What Does My Washing Machine Need All My Left Socks For, Anyway? by Kit Miller (they/them)
2. Soon to be by Danja Kandrova (she/her)
3. The Flying Dutchman by Melanie Melchior (she/her)
4. Paws & Pages by Lilly Hanfeld (they/them)
5. Way Home by Michelle Reis (she/her)

Honorable Mentions Poetry

Hopelessfull by Alex Schonberger (he/him)
If she'd never had me by Mia Ruppert (she/he/they)
One who's gone ahead by Nin Reckermann (they/nin)
I'm the Cage, I'm the prisoner by Hanna Claus (she/her)
Norway by Clara Ernst (she/her)
The monster under your bed by Lisa Neunkirchen (she/her)
Motion by M Hornauer (they/them)


Honorable Mentions Short Story

Legal Homicide by J. Ester (she/they)
Mag 37.2 by Chili Zimmermann (she/her)
Such a small thing by Vincent Sauerborn (any)


Flyer including the link to the eCampus uresolveuid/27a193599c1c2c2383970bbaf2c7ce4cpload page: HERE

Award Ceremony June 16 flyer: HERE

Lingering Lines  

Due to popular demand, selected artworks and pieces of creative writing of past Writing Competition winners can now be found in Lingering Lines, Vol. 1 (2022), a journal created (mostly) by students for students.

Share your love for creative writing and enjoy the creativity by your fellow students. Printed versions will be available in the new year.

We hope you will enjoy it: Lingering Lines

A special thank you to Alessia and Alexandra without whom this journal would not exist. Congratulations to everybody who managed to get their piece into the journal and sorry to those who did not make it -- this time. We would like to make Lingering Lines Vol. 2 a reality in 2023.

Happy Holidays!

Winter Term 2022/2023 Writing Competition

We received 50+ entries and the judges have made their choices, we are pleased to announce the winners of this year's writing competition!

The Award Ceremony will take place on December 9, 4pm. Please bring your own mug for the (non-alcoholic) mulled wine, take a rapid test before (if you can) and wear your ugliest christmas sweater (if you have one). Bring your friends and family and maybe snack to share with everyone. Share the flyer widely!

1. Ammonite by Annika Walter (she/her)
2. Like the Moon by Diba Gharib (she/her)
3. dis-memberment by Zeynep Güngör (she/her)
4. This is not about Hair by Paula Kristin Rosenthal (she/her)
5. Ducking Tales by Lisa Neunkirchen (she/her)

Short Stories
1. Baby Don't Hurt Me by Ira Burnstein (she/her)
2. Boggy Archeology by Theo Leipertz (he/him)
3. Grandma and the Big Bad Wolf by Vanessa Haag (she/her)
4. Twelve Days of Christmas by Mayu Isabelle Uno (she/her)
5. Garden Party in August by Melanie Melchior (she/her)


Honorable Mentions Poetry

Our Love During Wintertime by Miriam Davids(she/her)
Of Starved Dogs and Lovers by Sena Nur Güngör (she/her)
Fainting by Charlie Schwall (he/they)
Tell Me by Paule J. Westermann (they/them)


 Honorable Mentions Short Story

Hopekeepers by Volodymyr Matiash (he/him)
The Fairchild Proposition by Ramon Schmitz (he/him)
Hercules the Headless by Hanna Bartsch (they/them)


 The Award Ceremony was absolutely wonderful and we hope that you had as much as as we had! A big thank you to our judges / helpers: Sarah Fißmer, Natalie Hungate, Imke Lichterfeld, and Ted Richthofen!

Summer Term 2022 Writing Competition

We received 29 poems, 22 short stories and 8 artworks. WOW! We've contacted all the winners. Please check your emails!

Big thanks to our judges: Prof. Marion Gymnich, Natalie Hungate, and Ted Richthofen - you're the best!

The Award Ceremony took place IN PERSON (!!!) on June 17, 4pm, lecture hall XVII. IT WAS A BLAST!

1. needleworks by Paule Jules Westermann
Isecurities by Alex Schönberger (they/them)
3. Tell me again by Alicia Thiem
Mothering by Bente Rolvering
Refusal to use by Arden Winkelmann (hu/it/den/they)
Pilgrimage by Melanie Melchior

Short Story:

1. Infestation by Maximilian Neumeyer
Dead Girl Walking by Hanna Domgörgen  
3. The Art of Losing by Annika Jordan
Elio by Elisabeth von der Eltz
Flowers of a Dark Forest by Ramon Schmitz
The Pinocchio Equation by Marlene Wieler
5. About dying (except not really) by Ben Littek


Artwork winners:

Anne Niesen (title page winner)
Arina Boger

Sam Becker

Sabrina Billing

Sonja Evers
Elisabeth Brendes
Hanna Hoppe


Honorary Mentions (Poetry):

to feel like Eurydice by Katharina Nadine Dobecki
The Moon and the Night by M Hornauer
A Student's Journey by Jan-Oliver Nickel
Passing a Tree in Fitzgerald Park by Paula Kristin Rosenthal 


Honorary Mentions (Short Story):

The Manor in the Woods by Charlie Schwall
Thank you, Mark by Alyssa Crina Löffler
Escape Behind by Megan Leah Plum
Her smirk by Sofia Teixeira Goncalves
The Fifth Time by Hannah Schmitz
Yellow by Liliane Hanfeld


Find us on Instagram: @writingcompetitionbonn <3

If there are any questions, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best
David & Marthe


Winter Term 2021/2022 Writing Competition

Another Writing Competition has come to an end and the judges were just as amazed as we were this year. Brilliant pieces, we were blown away! Thank you: Sarah Fißmer, Natalie Hungate, Johanna Kluger, Imke Lichterfeld, Ulrike Nüssler, and Anna-Katharina Scholz!

Why don't you join us for the award ceremony, which will take place on Jan 21, 2022, 4pm. Join us!

A big thank you for all participants, you are all amazing!

You can also read the winning pieces & honorably mentions here:

Short Stories:
1. Yugo Pop by Marija Karacic
2. Sun Yellow by Hannah Laura Domgörgen
3. Growing Pains by Marlene Wieler
4. A tale of a young witch’s frustration by Danja Kandrova
5. A conversation with Wolfgang by Elisabeth von der Eltz

Honorary Mentions (Short Story):

The Alchemist by Tabea Wiegand
The Lost Boy by Liliane Schütz
On the Other Side by Lilli-Valerie Wynands
– And I Melt Them Away by Lisann Marie Weber


1. Lavender Silence by R. Winter
2. Blink by Ben Littek
3. Strangers by Blood by M Hornauer
4. Anatomy of a Poem by Ziwen Chen
5. Postcolonial Studies or A Shakespearean Sonnet? by Alyssa Löffler 

Honorary Mentions (Poetry):

Childhood Glasses by Sarah Marie Fahnenstich Peralta
Written in Golden Letters by Melanie Melchior
Fed Up by Diba Gharib
Coming Clean by Felix Nauditt
where to go by Arden Winkelmann
among dining room chairs by Caitlin
– Guilt by Ushaaji Uthaya


Thank you everyone. This was once again absolutely BRILLIANT!


And we have heard you. Another Writing Competition is coming in the summer. :-)

Summer Term 2021 Winners

Once again, David and Marthe were blown away by all the brilliant poems and short stories we have received! Well done everyone, we had a really hard time choosing our winners!

The award ceremoney will take place on August 6, 4pm via Zoom: Award Ceremoney Flyer

Our judges were Sarah Fißmer, Natalie Hungate, and Imke Lichterfeld. Thank you so much!

You can also read the winning pieces (and brilliant honorary mentions) here:


Short Stories:
1. Nightmare by Lisa Jana Melchert-Metzger
2. The Bookstore by Megan Plum
3. A Day in the Life by Marija Karacic

4th place
Sweet Nothin’ by Mayu Uno
Feral Desires by Szymon Marcinkowski


Honorary Mentions (Short Story):

Awake at Night by Isa Mollen
The only real conquistador by Leon Ruppert
No Worries by Hannah Grzonka
Upside Down by Janne Stobäus

1. Want by Annika Walter
2. the day i finally liked myself by Anna Giering
3. Look At Me by Mel Black

4th place
Facing Granny by Alexandra Herbst
Sentiments from not just a pandemic by Julia Mizerski
summer night by Nin Reckermann

Honorary Mentions (Poetry):

What makes me a woman by Anna-Christina Berger
The Company by Sonja Evers
struggle by Arden Winkelmann
my body calls me names by Zoé Bellussi


The Writing Competition will continue, stay tuned and watch this space! Something interesting this way comes...;-)

Winter Term 2020 Winners

We received more than 50 entries for this semester's writing competition -- AMAZING!! The winning pieces will be uploaded here and we have to tell you: it was a very hard choice and we have five poetry winners instead of just three. Our judges were Sarah Fissmer, Marion Gymnich, Natalie Hungate, Imke Lichterfeld, Max Stottrop, and the initiators. Thank you so much!

You can hear all the winning pieces on January 15, 2021, via Zoom: Award Ceremony


Short Stories:
1. The Voiceless (Michèle Ciba)
2. This Year (Stefanie Tegeler)
3. Stranded God (Ramon Schmitz)

1. Let's Talk About it (Jasper Kaufhold)
1. Travelling with a gypsy (Sia Rafaela Tsinafournioti)
2. If Life Was a Sweater (Clara Ernst)
3. Fleeting (Runa Rene)
3. Beautiful Brain (Julia Mizerski)


Honorary Mentions:

Solo (Carla García Clar)
Mud (Katharina Dobecki)
Dried Paint (Diba Gharib)
Tiles (Magdalena Elisabeth Schmidt)
My Fall in Spring (Hanna Schaefer and Bruno Kaut)


(And pssst, we are already planning another writing competition. Stay tuned!)


Summer Term 2020 Winners

During the Summer Term 2020 Writing Competition, we received 30 short stories and 15 poems -- due to the amount of brilliant pieces, we decided to have three poetry winners and five short story winners. The stories can be read here. We would also like to thank every single participant: your poem or short story was also great and we would love you to hand in something next time!


Short Stories:
1. - Closed Doors (Carla Große-Kreul)
2. - The Lives We Haven’t Lived (Gabriel Haase)
3. - The Special Day (Marie Kerschek)
3. - Familiar (Szymon Marcinkowski)
3. - Alien (Jasper Kaufhold)

- This is a Poem (Julia Mizerski)
- The song of their burning names (Paula Rosenthal)
- Writing Competition (Alessia Fiorello)


Thank you again for your participation!