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Citadel News Service
27 Mar 2009

The Shako recognizes cadet writers for excellence

The Shako, the Literary Magazine of The Citadel, has selected two cadets as this year’s winners of its third annual creative writing awards that are named in honor of Citadel graduates and authors Pat Conroy and Robert Jordan.

The Conroy award went to Cadet David Brown of Carrollton, Texas, for his short story “One Weekend a Month.” Brown is a senior English major from Oscar Co. Conroy, a 1967 graduate, is the author of the best-selling novels, “The Great Santini,” “The Prince of Tides,” “The Lords of Discipline,” and “My Losing Season.” Conroy was on The Shako staff as a cadet and this year was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.

Named for the science fiction writer Robert Jordan, the Jordan Award went to Cadet Stephen Guess of Lafayette, La., for a short story entitled “Inca Girl.” Guess is a senior biology major and chairman of the Honor Committee.

Jordan, a pen name for the late James O. Rigney Jr., Citadel Class of 1974, is the author of the best-selling science fiction fantasy series “Wheel of Time.”

This year’s awards were judged by members of the English Department faculty. Brown and Guess each will receive $250, a 48-hour pass, and an invitation to the annual English Department awards banquet. Their stories were published in this year’s edition of The Shako.

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