Writers Institute

Endowed Student Writing Prizes

Juliet Gibson Prize

At least $750 given annually for the best student fiction or poetry published in RiverCraft Magazine. The judge changes each year from among alumni of the creative writing program who are invited to return to campus to give a reading from published work. Runners-up also receive cash awards.

 Past Winners 

 

Erik Kirkland Prize

At least $750 given annually for the best student creative nonfiction published in Essay Magazine. The judge changes each year from among participants in the Visiting Writers Series. Runners-up also receive cash awards.

Past Winners 

 

Gary & Elizabeth Fincke Prize

At least $1000 given annually for the best portfolio produced by a senior creative writing major. The judge changes each year from among participants in the Visiting Writers Series.

Past Winners 

 

Past Winners of the Juliet Gibson Prize

2013 - Sarah-Jane Abate
2012 - Dana Diehl
2011 - Melissa Goodrich
2010 - Steve McQue
2009 - Melissa Goodrich
2008 - Alyssa Kopanyi
2007 - Ally Harris
2006 - Christina Behnke
2005 - Jonathan Niles-Gill
2004 - Laura WIlliams
2003 - Devon Persing
2002 - Shanna Powlus
2001 - Melissa May
2000 - Tara Laskowski
1999 - Julie Danho
1998 - David Diers
1997 - Julie Danho
1996 - Paul Mesick
1995 - Anita Flora Lippa
1994 - Sarah Glass
1993 - Tracy Mattingly
1992 - Robin Scott
1991 - Amanda Bottomley
1990 - Christina Khoo
1989 - Christina Khoo
1988 - Wayne Pyle 

Past Winners of the Erik Kirkland Prize

2012 - Rebecca James
2011 - Dana Diehl
2010 - Mike Coakley 
2009 - Lauren Bailey
2008 - Lauren Bailey & Spencer Smith  
2007 - Erin Lindberg 
2006 - Phil Moyer  
2005 - Kristy Warren  
2004 - Sylvia Grove
2003 - Josh Lapekas & Damian Gessel 
2002 - Damian Gessel 
2001 - Josh Lapekas 
2000 - Stephany Gormley

Past Winners of the Gary & Elizabeth Fincke Prize

2013 - Bryce Bortree
2012 - Margery Bayne
2011 - Ryan Rickrode  
2010 - James Grzejka 




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