Literary Contest Winners

2020-2021 Award Winners

Graduate Student Award Winners

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Teo Mungaray

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Olufunke Ogundimu

Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Fiction

First Place: Alex Ramirez
Second Place: Carson Schaefer
Third Place: David Henson

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Awards for Poetry

First Place: Saddiq Dzukogi
Second Place: Jordan Charlton
Third Place: Kate Gaskin

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Chaun Ballard

Sunita Jain Award for Excellence in Poetry

Jamaica Baldwin

Undergraduate Award Winners

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Karla Hernandez Torrijos

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Grace Barney

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

First Place: Rachel Stein
Second Place: Grace Fitzgibbon

Undergraduate Poetry Awards

Irby Wood Prize: Kassidy Linabery
First Place Gaffney Prize: DaRon Johnson
Second Place Gaffney Prize: Callie Ivey

Gaffney Scholarly Essay Award

Jennica Quast

Gaffney Personal Essay Award

Drake Keeler

Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing

Eleanor Russell
Instructor: Mark Houson

2019-2020 Award Winners

Graduate Student Award Winners

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Saddiq Dzukogi

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Avee Chaudhuri

Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Fiction

First Place: Jonathan Wlodarski
Second Place: Kathrine Schwartman
Third Place: Carson Schaefer

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Awards for Poetry

First Place: Jessica Poli
Second Place: Erika Luckert
Third Place: Jamaica Baldwin

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Katie Marya

John Robinson Award for Scholarly Papers

Jordan Charlton

“Creating Spaces for Literary Representation Through Craft: The Black British Bildungsroman and Bernardine Evaristo’s ‘Fusion Fiction’ in Girl, Woman, Other.”

Undergraduate Award Winners

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Celie Knudson

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Rylan Chilcott

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

First Place: Michaela Brown
Second Place: Sarah Guyer

Undergraduate Poetry Awards

Irby Wood Prize: Bianca Swift
First Place Gaffney Prize: Madison Sides
Second Place Gaffney Prize: Hannah Morrison

Gaffney Scholarly Essay Award

Rose Wehrman

Gaffney Personal Essay Award

Molly Beck

Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing

Dana Clements
Instructor: Jonathan Wlodarski

2018-2019 Award Winners

Graduate Student Award Winners

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Katie Henson

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Shawn Rubenfeld

Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Awards for Fiction

First Place: Adrienne Christian
Second Place: Rachel Cochran
Third Place: Alex Ramirez

Gaffney/Academy of American Poets Awards for Poetry

First Place: Cameron Steele
Second Place: Saddiq Dzukogi
Third Place: Zach Mueller

Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship

Gina Keplinger

John Robinson Award for Scholarly Papers

First Place: Mark Houston

“Monstrous Entanglement and Deep Time in Louise Erdrich's Future Home of the Living God.”

Second Place: Caitlin Henry

“Realism of Narration in Trollope's Barchester Towers.”

Undergraduate Award Winners

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Bianca Swift

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Izchel Quintero

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

First Place: Lauren Mayer
Second Place: Rylan Chilcott

Undergraduate Poetry Awards

Irby Wood Prize: Henry Zander
First Place Gaffney Prize: Camille Paddock
Second Place Gaffney Prize: Nicholas Harmon

Gaffney Scholarly Essay Award Co-Winners

Zainab Saleh and Margaret Rieckman

Gaffney Personal Essay Award

Natalia Martinez

Ted Kooser Award for Outstanding First-Year Writing

Sam Wright
Instructor: Anne Nagel

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

John Robinson Award for Scholarly Papers

Ivan Young

“Barbaric Sex: The Problem of Rape, Cannibalism and Sodomy in Shakespeare's Work.”

Undergraduate 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

John Robinson Award for Scholarly Papers

Dillon Rockrohr

“Biopolitical Apocalypse: The Terror of Community in DeLillo's White Noise and Falling Man.”

Undergraduate 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 Awards

Vreeland Award for Poetry

Monica Claesson

Vreeland Award for Fiction

Lynda Clause

Marjorie Stover Short Story Awards

First Place: Christian Rush
Second Place: Amzie 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 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