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. The deadline for the 2008–2009 Owen Prizes in Creative Writing is February 16, 2009 and submissions can be turned into Confer 231.
|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|
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.