Announcing the 2017 Virginia B. Ball Competition winner

Interlochen Arts Academy is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Scholarship Competition.

Julia Bohm of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been selected as the ninth recipient of the biannual award. Reviewers of Bohm’s portfolio praised her work as thoughtful, reflective, mature, humble, talented and nuanced.

"As in past years, the creative writing faculty had the difficult task, and ultimately great pleasure, of choosing a winner. Julia Bohm's portfolio blew us away with its range, elegance, depth of vision, and beauty,” said David Griffith, chair of the Creative Writing Department at Interlochen Arts Academy. “We are so excited that she will be joining us this fall. We are also excited at the possibility of the other fifteen finalists enrolling at Interlochen. From top to bottom it was an amazing group!"

As the scholarship’s recipient, Bohm will receive a $30,000 scholarship for each year she attends Interlochen Arts Academy.

“I'm super excited to be a part of Interlochen next year,” Bohm said. “It's such an honor to win the Virginia B. Ball Scholarship, and I'm so jazzed to be given the opportunity to join such a wonderful community of artists.“

Two of Bohm's works--"Sestina for my Grandfather" and "Austria"--were also included in the 2017 edition of The Interlochen Review, an annual student-led publication produced by the Creative Writing program at Interlochen Arts Academy.

The contest is generously endowed by the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation. It is a way to encourage exceptional young writers to pursue the development of their craft.