M.F.A. Student A Playboy Fiction Contest Winner

Tuesday, April 08, 2008
SNHU Communications Office

Peggy Newland, a second-year student in Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Fine Arts program in writing, has won third place in Playboy Magazine’s national fiction contest for her short story “Elf Boy.” The contest was established in 1986 and is considered one of the most prestigious for student writers in North America. All contestants in this competition are graduate and undergraduate students.

For more than 50 years, Playboy has published fiction by some of the biggest names in the field. The magazine receives thousands of entries from aspiring writers who seek the top prize: publication in the magazine’s October issue. Winners have represented schools large and small, public and private, from all over North America. Playboy editors say that all winning stories have in common the quality of being “a stellar example of the short form written by an author who is still in school.”

Newland, who served as graduate assistant to SNHU’s M.F.A. director, Dr. Robert Begiebing, has published a nonfiction book, several stories in literary magazines and a number of nonfiction articles. She has appeared on the “Today Show” to discuss her book, “The Adventure of Two Lifetimes.” She has been working on a collection of stories in preparation for her creative M.F.A. thesis.  She is expected to graduate with the university’s first cohort of M.F.A. students on Aug. 2.

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