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2016 English Literary Awards

Each year, students from all majors submit their best work for our annual Student Literary Awards. They are judged first by a panel of creative writing faculty members, and then the top choices in each genre category are ranked by esteemed outside judges. In April, during the final weeks of classes, winners are invited to read from their work before their peers and the gathered faculty. First, second, and third prize winners are awarded a cash prize. First place winners also go on to attend the Alumni Prize Ceremony in May.


Here are this year’s winners:


The Goronwy Owen Prize in Poetry (group of poems)

First Place: Kyle Lopez

Second Place: Emily Wynn

Third Place: Brianna Little


The Glenwood Clark Prize in Fiction

First Place: Nicole Efford

Second Place: Melissa Commander

Third Place: Quinn Monette


The Academy of American Poets Prize (single poem)

First Place: Natasha King

Second Place: Diana Worthen

Third Place: Emily Wynn


The Howard Scammon Prize for Drama (playwriting/screenwriting)

First Place: Nico Villarreal

Second Place: Hayley Daniels

Third Place: Emily A. Nye


The Tiberius Gracchus Jones Prize for Nonfiction

First Place: Azure Hall

Second Place: Hunter McConville

Third Place: Sora Edwards-Thro


Outside judges: David Wojahn, Jonathan Bohr, Debra Nystrom, J.C. Hallman, Rola Nashef