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2017 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: Sora Edwards-Thro

Second Place: Ryan Onders

Third Place: Kyle Lopez


The Glenwood Clark Prize in Fiction

First Place: Gwen Sachs

Second Place: Noah Kreutter

Third Place: Jessica Molz


The Academy of American Poets Prize (single poem)

First Place: Jessica Molz

Second Place: Jacqueline Keshner

Third Place: Kyle Lopez


The Howard Scammon Prize for Drama (playwriting/screenwriting)

First Place: Nicolas Villareal

Second Place: Matthew Kitchen

Third Place: Katherine Coates


The Tiberius Gracchus Jones Prize for Nonfiction

First Place: Rayna Yu

Second Place: Ashley Anderson

Third Place: Thomas Le


Outside judges: Shonda Buchanan, Hanna Pylvainen, Kathleen Graber, Emma Parry, Patrick Picard