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2018 Creative Writing Contest RESULTS

Congratulations to these wonderful writers! Click here for more information about the awards and praise for the winning entries.


  1. Michelle Chang, "Audrey and Austin"
  2. Allison Neggers, "The Bachelor-Bachelorette Mail-In Application Girl Questionnaire"
  3. John Baker, "Martyr"


  1. Eric Pahre, "How a Dog is Lost"
  2. Miranda Sun, "Centuries later and she has so many faces"
  3. Autumn Schraufnagel, "Girlhood is Formed on the Playground with an Invitation to Play Double Dutch"

Honorable Mentions: John Baker ("On Fathers") and Autumn Schraufnagel ("Softer")



If you graduated in August or December 2017 or are planning to graduate in May or August 2018, you are invited to participate in the English & Creative Writing Convocation on May 12, 2018. The deadline for registration is April 13. Please click here for more information and a link to the registration form..



Please join us in congratulating our most recent teaching award winners!

2017 English Department Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

  • Iryce Baron
  • Michael Hurley
  • Valerie O'Brien
  • Jessica Witte

2018 LAS Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

  • Valerie O'Brien
  • Renée Trilling

2018 Campus Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

  • Iryce Baron
  • Valerie O'Brien
  • Renée Trilling


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