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Arkansas student wins Playboy contest; UC student finishes third

By Mark Shuller - Email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A University of Arkansas student has won first prize in Playboy magazine's annual College Fiction Contest. Meaghan Mulholland, a graduate student who recently received a master of fine arts degree in creative writing, took the top spot with her story Woman, Fire & the Sea—a tale of multiple misunderstandings set on the French Riviera. In addition to receiving a $3,000 prize, Mulholland's story is published in Playboy's October 2010 issue (available on newsstands and at on Friday, September 17).

Second prize this year went to Timothy Tau of UCLA for his story Land of Origin, yielding a cash prize of $500. The contest's three third place winners, each earning a cash prize of $250, are Sarah Perlstein-Levy of Swarthmore College for The Last Cannonball; Eva Langston of the University of New Orleans for Clicker; and Brian Trapp of the University of Cincinnati for The Best Man.

The College Fiction Contest, the first of its kind in the United States, draws submissions from colleges and universities all over the world. It is open to all registered students with no age limits. Past winners have gone on to publishing success after the contest gave them a first chance at professional publication in a national magazine. In turn, Playboy welcomes the opportunity to work with young talent and fresh voices, and is currently accepting submissions for the 2011 College Fiction Contest until February 15, 2011. For Contest details and guidelines, please visit

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