• USC seniors published in anthology
    Mahima Reddy and Claire Zalla
    Two Upper St. Clair High School seniors are published authors as a result of their top-rated short prose submissions in the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Ralph Munn Creative Writing Contest.

    Mahima Reddy’s piece, “Dear Thotappa,” and Claire Zalla’s, “Polonius Laboratories,” are among the student writings published in the 2016 Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology, which is distributed to all Allegheny County public and school libraries.

    Mahima was the second place winner in the short prose category. The contest, funded by an endowment from former Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Director Ralph Munn, awards first place winners in each category with $250 and second place winners with $100.

    The contest – which has categories for poetry, short prose and screenwriting – was promoted by high school librarians Janine Despines and Debbie Rentschler, the Upper St. Clair Township librarians and the high school English department.

    Ralph Munn Creative Writing Honorees: Audio of Mahima Reddy reading prose from her award-winning entry on the Neighborhood Voices by The Saturday Light Brigade.