Literary Contest Winners

2017-2018  |   2016-2017  |   2015-2016  |   2014-2015

2017-2018 Award Winners

Graduate Student Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Ángel García

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Xavier Navarro Aquino

Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Fiction

First Place: Rachel Cochran
Second Place: Ilana Masad
Third Place: Shawn Rubenfeld

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Awards for Poetry

First Place: Katie Henson
Second Place: Ivan Young
Third Place: Adrienne Christian

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Stevie Seibert Desjarlais

Undergraduate Student Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Cecilia Flott

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Richard Stock

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

First Place: Mattison Merritt
Second Place: Evan Pille

Undergraduate Poetry Awards

First Place Irby Wood Prize: Celie Knudsen
Second Place Gaffney Prize: Angela Ching
Gaffney Runner Up: Bianca Swift

Gaffney Scholarly Essay Award

Tayce Hefner

Gaffney Personal Essay Award

Rose Wehrman

Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing

Brooke Kobs
Instructor: Lydia Presley

2016-2017 Award Winners

Graduate Student Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Katie Henson

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Jordan Farmer

Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Fiction

First Place: David Henson
Second Place: Keene Short
Third Place: Maureen Daniels

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Awards for Poetry

First Place: Angel Garcia
Second Place: Rebecca Macijeski
Third Place: Ivan Young

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Maria Nazos 

Undergraduate Student Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Tina Le

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Austin Buchanan

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

First Place: Andrea Hartman
Second Place: Lynda Clause
Third Place: Matthew Lenz

Undergraduate Poetry Awards

First Place Irby Wood Prize: Cecilia Flott
Second Place Gaffney Prize: Jessica Vasquez
Gaffney Runner Up: Christian Rush

Gaffney Scholarly Essay Award

Monica Claesson

Gaffney Personal Essay Award

Lindsey Hand

Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing

Shoilee Rahman
Instructor: Lydia Presley

Laurus Awards

Prose

First Place: Faith Thomas
Second Place: Megan Ekstrom
Third Place: Olivia Miller

Poetry

First Place: Lane Chasek
Second Place (tie): Cassandra Kernick and Lindsey Hand
Third Place: Lindsey Hand

Art

First Place: Keith Buswell
Second Place: Connor Rodenbaugh

2015-2016 Award Winners

Graduate Student Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Maria Nazos

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Nick White

Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Fiction

First Place: Jordan Farmer 
Second Place: Xavier Navarro
Third Place: Shawn Rubenfeld

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Awards for Poetry

First Place: Erin Bertram
Second Place: Katie Henson
Third Place: Keene Short

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Jaime Brunton

Undergraduate Student Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Monica Claesson

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Lynda Clause

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

First Place: Christian Rush
Second Place: Amie Dunekacke

Undergraduate Poetry Awards

First Place Irby Wood Prize: Holly Fleck
Second Place: Cecilia Flott 
Third Place: Calla Kessler

Gaffney Essay Awards

First Place: Katlyn Powers
Second Place: Nina Hjermstad

Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing

Vicky Klafter
Instructor: Visnja Vujin

Laurus Awards

Fiction

First Place: Giles Hovseth, "The Stranger in the Stairwell"
Second Place: Faith Thomas, "Stained Rags and Piping Bags"

Poetry

First Place: Lane Chasek, "My Stepmother Becomes Immortal"
Second Place: Kyle Brosnihan, "The Kiss"

Art

First Place: Tanner Reckling, "Lightning Dad"

2014-2015 Award Winners

Graduate Student Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Kimberly Tedrow

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Clarence Harlan-Orsi

Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Fiction

First Place: Gabriel Houck 
Second Place: Nick White
Third Place: Jordan Farmer

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Awards for Poetry

First Place: Ryler Dustin
Second Place: Sarah Fawn Montgomery
Third Place: Rebecca Macijeski

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Jennifer Gray

Undergraduate Student Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry/Mixed Genre

Devin Koch

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Benjamin R. Curttright

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

First Place: Lori Nevole
Second Place: Elliott Wilke

Undergraduate Poetry Awards

First Place Irby Wood Prize: Monica Claesson
Second Place: Cameron Maxwell
Third Place: James Butler-Gruett

Gaffney Essay Awards

First Place: Erin Urbank
Second Place: Cody Fischer

Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing

Dana Meduna (Instructor: Benjamin Vogt)
Allison Wetig (Instructor: Michael Page)

Laurus Awards

Fiction

First Place: James Butler-Gruett
Second Place: Dylan Roberson

Poetry

First Place: Monica Claesson
Second Place: Madeline Cass

Art

First Place: Sara Mosier
Second Place: Sean Johnson