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Press Release

Release Date: April 06, 2020

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

ADA, Okla. -- Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities announced the 2020 Anoli' Creative Writing Contest winners, anoli' being a Chickasaw word meaning “to tell.”

Chickasaw citizens from sixth grade through adulthood submitted their original poetry and prose to this free contest which prompted the writers to exercise their creativity. The contest is divided by grade level and age. Accepted content types include poetry, short story and essay.

Poetry and short story entries were judged on artistic form and creativity. Essay entries were judged on how well the work responded to a prompt. Award winners received a cash prize.

Winners include:

Division I (Grades 6th – 9th)
1st Place – Loss by Adler Straub

Division II (Grades 10th – 12th)
1st Place – Succ”seed” by Logan Ketchum

Short Story
1st Place – Interim by Delanie Seals
2nd Place – Middle-Age Mutant Assassin Lizards by Eddie Dill
3rd Place – My Friend John by Rhylind Straub

1st Place – Technology in Chickasaw Culture by Addison Jackson

Division III (Post-High School – 18+)
1st Place – The Pain Scale by Ashley E. Vance
2nd Place – Treaty by Aricles James
3rd Place – Pretentious Contempt by Ethan Cox

Short Story
1st Place – Fishin’ Time by Ethan Cox
2nd Place – The Grind by Avery Pullin
3rd Place – A Native Sunrise by Holly Kubiak

1st Place – Preserving the Past by David Holcomb
2nd Place – Google It by Kimberly Ozment-Gold
3rd Place – What is Music? by Adara Finnerty

For more information about the annual contest, visit or email