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2021 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. In 2021, under pandemic, we created a video highlighting their work instead (password LITAWARDS). 

Here are this year's winners:

Concord Traveling Scholarship: 

Not awarded in 2021 because of pandemic-related travel restrictions

The Goronwy Owen Prize in Poetry (Group of Poems)
  • First: Samantha White, Five Poems
  • Second: Anna Platt, Untitled
  • Third: Jack Stewart, Williamsburg/Manhattan/Caswell
The Glenwood Clark Prize in Fiction
  • First: Olivia Even-Vaca, "The Hour of the Gulls"
  • Second: jecook, "Tavio, and Manuelo"
  • Third: Kate Lucas, "Familiar Faces"
The Academy of American Poets Prize (Single Poem)
  • First: Shade Ayeni, "Disproportionate"
  • Second: Marrin Scalone, "Clap to Split the Magpies"
  • Third: Jenna Massey, "Inarticulate Sickness"
The Tiberius Gracchus Jones Prize for Nonfiction
  • First: Katie Taguchi, "Me & An Iowa Highway"
  • Second: Grant Wong, "Bamboo Rods"
  • Third: Jack Dean, "Grass Carp"
The Howard Scammon Prize for Drama/Screenwriting
  • First: Olivia Wilson, Better Red Than Dead
  • Second: Katie Taguchi, The Things We Did
  • Third: Sophie Hamilton, Inside, "Pilot"
Outside Judges

Trevor Alper, Tom De Haven, Noah Falck, Cynthia Grier Lotze, Amira Pierce