The English Department at Duke University is honored to announce the winners of the 2018 Creative Writing Contests and Creative Writing Scholarships.
English majors and non-major undergraduates are eligible to participate in creative writing contests in the areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry works.
One of the following gateway courses: English 182S Reading Historically English 184S Readings in Genre English 186S Reading Thematically Four Area Study Courses, as follows: Two courses from Area I: Medieval and Early Modern One course from Area II: 18th and 19th Century One course from Area III: Modern and Contemporary One Criticism, Theory or Methodology (CTM) course Four English courses as electives, at the 200-level or above (except for English 313A and 313A-1 "Internship in New York) In order to assess how well we are meeting our goals and learning objectives (https://edu/undergraduate/goals-learning-objectives), the English department requires all Senior majors to submit papers for assessment to a workbook on Pebblepad and to write a brief (200-500 word) self-assessment.
Specific instructions for assessment portfolios will be sent to graduating majors in October and March, depending on graduation date.
2018 Award for Most Original Honors Thesis Winner Chloe Hooks “Syllabic Heirlooms” This award recognizes a senior student for writing the most original honors thesis.
2018 Critical Essay Award Winner Catherine Ward “‘The silence often of pure innocence’: Rewriting the Galatea Moment in Talk to Her and The Winter’s Tale” The critical essay competition is open for essays written by any Duke undergraduate enrolled in an English department course.Glenn Huang, a member of the 2019 English graduating class and an English Department Ambassador, spoke to his fellow graduates and the audience with suggestions on how to respond to the masses who ask the question, “What are you going to do with your English degree?” Glenn's refrain of, “This is what I talk about when I talk about English,” gave the speech a lyrical momentum, and similar to Professor Mitchell in his welcoming speech, Glenn referenced the variety of professions held by Duke English alums and noted that the members of the class of 2019 will follow suit.He would have graduated with the class of 1997 had he not passed away in 1996.This award recognizes and honors outstanding undergraduate poetry. Fish Award for Outstanding Work in British Literature Winner Valerie Muensterman “Hands, Gesture and Complicity in Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray” This award recognizes outstanding work by an undergraduate enrolled in an English course in British Literature.Its mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.Anne Flexner Memorial Award for creative writing in Poetry Chloe Hooks – Solitaire The Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Poetry was established by the family and friends of Anne Flexner, who graduated from Duke in 1945. Award for Poetry Nadia Kirmani – “If the Sutures Hold” This award was established by the family of Terry Welby Tyler, Jr., an English major that loved poetry.Lucaci, a former Duke student, who has been an active supporter of undergraduate creative writing in the English Department for many years.2018 Poetry Award Winners (There are three awards in the category of poetry) Academy of American Poets Prize Caroline Fernelius - “Collude”- Zoe Abedon – “I grow cautious of the cinema” Founded in 1934 in New York City, the Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization advocating for American poets and poetry.The graduates and their guests were welcomed by Duke English Department Chair Robert Mitchell, who challenged the 2019 graduates to use the knowledge obtained from their studies in English and beyond to make a difference in the world.Professor Mitchell assured family and friends in attendance that their graduates’ English degrees will lead to promising careers, as is evident by the long list of successful Duke English alums around the world, many who are featured in the “Alumni” section of edu.