Short story writer Timothy Tau recently placed second in the 2010 Playboy College Fiction Contest. His winning story, “Land of Origin,” is a love-crime story about a Taiwanese American expat that goes back to Kaohsiung, Taiwan and gets mixed up with betel nut girls and the gangster underworld. The award appears in the October 2010 issue of Playboy.

“For this highly competitive contest, the majority of entrants were current MFA students. My exceptional education through the Short Fiction classes I’ve taken with the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and in particular classes from phenomenal teachers such as Adam Cushman, Stephen Cooper, Steve Sohmer, Michael Buckley and Lou Mathews, is evidence that the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program matches any MFA program out there. The Writers’ Program offers classes that provide the core essentials and they are intimate, focused workshops in a supportive, creative environment that ultimately inspire the greatest work.”

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