OWU Literary Prizes

Open to all students, the departmental literary awards seek to honor the best undergraduate writing in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction/essay, playwriting/screenwriting, and academic and scholarly work. Please click here to see the newly revised online entry submission information.  All entries must be submitted no later than the announced deadline.
 
To see detailed information about the award and view a list of recent recipients, please click on the prize name highlighted in red for a link.

Class of 1870 Memorial Prizes 
An award for best original work in each genre:
1.  Academic/Scholarly
2.  Creative Non-Fiction
3.  Fiction
4.  Playwriting/Screenwriting
5.  Poetry

The Edward J. Wheeler Poetry Prize
An award for a meritorious poem or group of poems.

The Emma Sparks Memorial Prize
An award "for superior accomplishment in 19th Century English literature." Submissions may be critical essays or research papers, with additional consideration of meritorious course work in the period. English literature is here interpreted to include American literature.

The Ernest F. Amy Prize 
An award to the most outstanding junior English major.

The Frederick L. Hunt Prize
An award to the student who, during the current academic year, has shown "the greatest proficiency and promise in creative writing."

The Laureate Award for Expository Writing
This award recognizes outstanding writers in the freshman composition course.
Please click here to see the online entry submission information for the Laureate Award and click here to see our poster.  All entries must be submitted no later than the announced deadline. 

The Libuse "Libby" Reed Award
An award for the outstanding senior English major with a concentration in non-fiction.

The Lucy Hall Gordon Memorial Poetry Prize
An award to a full-time junior for the best original work of poetry.

The Marie Drennan Prize
An award for the best poem or group of poems.

The Robert Flanagan Prize

A prize to the student who submits the best work in both poetry and fiction.

View a list of recent Robert Flanagan Prize recipients.

The T’ai Ananda Merion ’96 Memorial Scholarship Prize

A scholarship for two consecutive spring semesters for a sophomore writing major who shows proficiency and promise in playwriting/screenwriting.

View a list of recent T’ai Ananda Merion ’96 Memorial Scholarship Award recipients.

The Ülle Lewes Prize for Nonfiction Writing

An award to the student who submits the best original work in the field of nonfiction writing, broadly defined to include personal essays, research papers, scientific writing, feature article writing, persuasive writing, irony, propaganda, parody and so forth.

View a list of recent Ülle Lewes Prize for Non-Fiction Writing recipients.