Two graduate students in West Virginia Universitys creative writing program were named among the winners of the prestigious Intro Journals Project, an annual literary competition sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).

Amanda Cobb of Elkins was honored for her poemFilter,which will be published in the literary journal Controlled Burn.

Erin Tocknell, of Nashville, Tenn., wrote the prize-winning essay,Our Most Segregated Hour,which will appear in The Tampa Review.

Cobb and Tocknell are currently pursuing the master of fine arts degree in creative writing in WVU s Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

The Intro Journals Project promotes the discovery and publication of the best new works by students enrolled in the programs of AWP . Each AWP member program is eligible to nominate a small number of students for the project.

WVU s creative writing program is a member of AWP and offers creative writing classes at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Only 15 students nationwide are selected for the prize from more than 700 undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs in the United States. Each winner receives an award letter, publication in a participating journal and a $100 cash honorarium.

For more information, contact James Harms at 304-293-3107, ext. 33451.