The English Department awards two annual prizes, both named after long-time distinguished members of the faculty. Any student may submit to the Owen Prizes in Creative Writing; exceptional students who are English majors are invited to apply for the Alexis Prize. Awardees receive recognition at the College's Honor's Day in May as well as a modest cash award.

Lawrence Owen Prizes in Creative Writing

Entrants should compile and submit two copies of a portfolio (no more than 20 pages in length) of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The writer's name should be on the portfolio, but should not appear anywhere on the work itself. Judges will read the submissions "blind." Students may submit an entry in more than one genre.

Previous Award Winners
Year Winners
  Poetry Fiction Nonfiction
2014 Rebecca Hare Earl Stoll Kong Meng Xiong
2013 Aaron Lawrence Trevor Oestenstad Aaron Albani
2012 Patrick Perish Ethan Marxhausen Wade Underwood
2011 Olivia Karns Ethan Marxhausen Lindsay Lelivelt
2010 Ryan McGinty Song Yang Abby Travis
2009 Ingrid Greenlee Ingrid Greenlee Abby Travis
2008 Megan Bren Molly Kolpin Rebecca Andert
2007 Ellen Bergman Adam Nemmers Kate Ellingsen
2006 Hallie Wunsch Matthew McLaughlin
2005 Tyler Dorholt Adam Nemmers
  Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction
2004 Joe Lencioni
2003 Karin Leonard
2002 Matthew Jaksik
2001 Caroline Hildreth
2000 Genevieve Dahmen

Gerhard Alexis Prize for Excellence in English Studies

Exceptional students who are English majors are invited to submit a portfolio of their work from English classes. Portfolios range from 15–20 pages, and at least some of the work must be scholarly or analytical.

Previous Award Winners
Year Winner
2014 Andrea Blom
2013 Abby Huff
2012 Julia Tindell
2011 Brooke Beskau
2010 Lynn Olson
2009 Deborah Lasswell
2008 Kelsey Savre
2007 Jonathan Peasley
2006 Jonathan Peasley
2005 Andy Brown
2004 Anna Stenson
2003 Sandra Valdes
2002 Amelia Greiner
2001 Jessica Fredrickson
2000 Jessica Bergeman