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The 2020 W&M Student Literary Awards


The W&M Student Literary Awards are an annual contest recognizing achievement in student writing, sponsored by the Creative Writing program and the Department of English. The awards are open to all William & Mary students. Independent judges decide winners and runners-up in each of five categories: Group of Poems, Short Fiction, Single Poem, Creative Nonfiction and Drama/Screenwriting. More information is available in the first video below.

Because the Creative Writing program cannot hold an in-person awards ceremony this year, we have instead arranged this series of videos. Our congratulations to all of this year’s winners and runners-up! And thank you to all the student writers who so kindly shared their work.

Awards Overview & Concord Traveling Scholarship

 An overview of the Student Literary Awards process, plus the announcement of this year's recipient of the Concord Traveling Scholarship.

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The Goronwy Owen Prize in Poetry

Recognizing student achievement in a collection of poems.

Judge: Christine Stroud 

Announcer: Hermine Pinson 

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The Glenwood Clark Prize in Fiction

Recognizing student achievement in short fiction.

Judge: Belle Boggs 

Announcer: Brian Castleberry 

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The Academy of American Poets Prize

Recognizing student achievement in a single poem.

Judge: Mathias Svalina 

Announcer: Jon Pineda 

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The Tiberius Gracchus Jones Prize for Nonfiction

Recognizing student achievement in creative nonfiction.

Judge: Rachel Monroe 

Announcer: Tom Batten 

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The Howard Scammon Prize for Drama

Recognizing student achievement in screenwriting, playwriting and episodic work.

Judge: Almitra Corey 

Announcer: Andrew Blossom 

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