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2015 Creative Writing Awards Announced

The English Department is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of our Creative Writing Awards.  The English Department recently awarded prizes for graduate writing in fiction and in poetry and in four undergraduate writing categories.

JOHN C. HODGES GRADUATE WRITING AWARDS: 

FICTION

  • First Prize: Daniel Wallace for “The Hills Will Melt Like Wax”
  • Second Prize: Richard Hermes for “Until the New Season is Born”
  • Third Prize: Helen Stead for “Muleta”

POETRY

  • First Prize: Helen Stead for “Bangers and Mash”
  • Second Prize: Ben McClendon for “Hoping to Find Something Between”
  • Third Prize: Kierstyn Lamour for “What is There to Learn About a Man Leaving His Wife?”

This year’s judges were B.J. Leggett for fiction and Flossie McNabb for poetry.

 

Undergraduate prizes were awarded in the following categories:

 BAIN-SWIGGETT POETRY PRIZE: This is an endowed prize for traditional forms of poetry. Students were allowed to submit up to five poems. The judge for this award was Chris Caldwell, and the winners of this year’s award are:

  • First Prize: Deanna Pedigo, for “Song”
  • Second Prize: Bridget Sellers, for “He Came from a Bad Home Environment”

KNICKERBOCKER POETRY PRIZE: This is an endowed prize for non-traditional forms, such as free verse, experimental verse, etc. Students were allowed to submit up to five poems. The judge for this award was Liam Hysjulien, and the winners of this year’s award are:

  • First Place: “Metamorphosis” by Taylor Klock
  • Second Prize: “Lady Lazarus” by Emily Marshall
  • Third Prize: “Hallways” by Claire Dodson

Honorable mentions:

  • “Future Fear” by Mackenzie Rogers
  • “Denim Boy” by Grant D. Howard
  • “Benefits” by Claire Dodson
  • “Alopecia” by Marissa Whitaker
  • “After I Kissed You” by Rachael MacLean
  • “The Locker Room,” by Alexandra Chiasson

CAPTAIN ROBERT A.BURKE AWARD FOR FICTION: Students were allowed to submit up to twenty pages of fiction. The judge for this award was Ryan Woldruff, and the winners of this year’s award are:

  • First Prize: Alison Meadows “I Hoped It Was Beautiful”
  • Second Prize: Lucy Branam, “The Living Room Wall”

ELEANORA BURKE AWARD FOR NON-FICTION: Students were allowed to submit up to fifteen pages of non-fiction. The judge for this award was Leanne Tyler, and the winners of this year’s award are:

  • First Prize: Summer Awad, “This is Not a Success Story”
  • Second Prize: Claire Dodson, “Tenderness”

 

 

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