Former Writers’ Program student Rachel Kondo, who received a James A. Michener Fellowship to pursue her MFA at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, is one of four finalists for the 2014 Keene Prize for her short story “Beverly.” Rachel wrote the story in two of her Writers’ Program classes, and included it in her MFA application. The Keene Prize awards $50,000 to the winner and another $50,000 is divided between the three runners-up. It is one of the largest student literary prizes in the world.

The Writers’ Program was instrumental in getting Rachel where she is today. “Through UCLA Extension classes, I met like-minded people who remain my closest friends and inspirations to this day. I also came into contact with instructors such as Lou Mathews and Paul Mandelbaum, incredible writers who also happen to be in the business of changing lives.”

We are so proud of Rachel and her outstanding accomplishments.

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