Audrey Bush


BA, English - University of Missouri - Columbia


Audrey Dae Bush hails from rural river town Washington, Missouri and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English from the University of Missouri - Columbia, plus certificates in digital global studies and multicultural studies. She is the winner of the 2023 prize for Best Undergraduate Honors English Thesis for her capstone creative short fiction at MU, the 2022 Davidson Fellowship for first place in the T. S. Eliot’s Waste Land Centennial Artistic Competition for short fiction, a 2022 LED (Literature Emitting Diodes) award for microfiction, and a 2022 University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest award for her critical scholarship. Bush interns at The Missouri Review as a fiction and contest reader and social media manager, as well as served as a reader for EPIC, MU's undergraduate literary magazine. Her debut YA novel What You're In For was published in June 2022 and has seen recognition from Columbia, Missouri's Vox Magazine and the Daniel Boone Regional Library. When she's not writing, Bush works as a studio violin and music teacher based in Columbia.

Awards and Honors

Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis Prize for Creative Writing (MU, 2023) "Psychosocial Intimacy within and without Contemporary Coming of Age Achievement Narratives"

Davidson Fellowship (MU, 2022) for first prize in the T. S. Eliot’s Waste Land Centennial Artistic Competition for short fiction

LED award (MU, 2022) for microfiction

University Libraries Undergraduate Research Contest (MU, 2022) scholarship for critical essay

debut YA novel What You're In For published June 2022