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Writing Awards

The Ostrom Awards for Expository Writing

English 101
A $300.00 cash award to the first-year student showing the most improvement in English 101. Second-place award of $100, and third-place award of $50 will be given to eligible entries.

Sophomore Prize
A $300.00 cash award to a second-year student showing excellence in critical writing in an intermediate literature course, English 180-290 (first year students are also eligible). Second-place award of $100, and third-place award of $50 will be given to eligible entries.

Junior Prize
A $300.00 cash award to a junior showing excellence in expository writing in an upper-level English course (300 and above). Second-place award of $100, and third-place award of $50 will be given to eligible entries.

Senior Prize
A $300.00 cash award to a senior showing excellence in expository writing in an upper-level English course (300 and above). Second-place award of $100, and third-place award of $50 will be given to eligible entries.

Requirements

English 101 Prize
The student should submit a folder with three marked and graded papers, possibly with revisions. At least one of the papers must include cited sources. Accompanying the papers, the student must write a cover letter detailing his or her growth as a writer through successive papers. For more information, please consult your English 101 teacher. English 101 papers written in either fall or spring are eligible.

Sophomore Prize
Two or three short essays, or a sustained essay of approximately ten pages.

Junior Prize
Two or three essays, or a sustained essay of approximately fifteen pages.

Senior Prize
Two or three essays, or a sustained essay of approximately fifteen pages.

Note: Winners may not receive more than one first-place prize of these expository writing awards (second- and third-place winners are eligible for future awards).

Creative Writing Awards

Poetry
A $300.00 cash prize for a superior collection of five to eight short poems, or one longer (two to four pages) and two or three shorter poems. Second-place award of $100, and third-place award of $50 will be given to eligible entries.

The Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction
A $300.00 cash prize for a superior entry of one or two short stories, or one or two chapters of a novel, or one story and one chapter of a novel; minimum length per story, 1000 words. Second-place award of $100, and third-place award of $50 will be given to eligible entries.

Non-fiction Prose
A $300.00 cash prize for a superior entry of creative non-fiction (two individual essays of a minimum of four pages each or a sustained essay.) Second-place award of $100, and third-place award of $50 will be given to eligible entries.

Playwriting/Screenwriting
A $300.00 cash award for the best play or screenplay. Plays may be any length from 10 pages to full-length 3-acts. Screenplays may be one hour (48-60 pages) or feature length (85 to 120 pages). Formatting in either genre must be done correctly. Second-place award of $100, and third-place award of $50 will be given to eligible entries.

Note: For the above prizes, competition is open to any full-time Wittenberg student, but the same first-place prize may not be awarded to the same person more than once.

The Lester S. Crowl Creativity Award

A $300.00 cash prize for the best cumulative portfolio of creative work by a junior or senior English major. This award may not be won by the same person more than once, but the winners of other writing awards may enter this competition.  Entries may include creative writing (even if submitted for the genre awards), as well as critical essays, photographs or other art work, tapes of performances, and anything else that demonstrated imagination and quality.

Submission Requirements for Writing Awards

  1. Prepare clean, ANONYMOUS, typed copy of professional caliber. Entries must be titled, typed double-spaced and paper clipped. Poetry and dramatic dialogue should be single-spaced.
  2. Submit in an UNMARKED, UNSEALED, 10" x 13" manila envelope (if you don't have an envelope, you can pick one up when you submit), to Christina Reynolds, the English Department Administrative Assistant, in Hollenbeck 102, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 (the Tuesday after Spring Break).
  3. Christina will take your contact information and submission category for her records. She will give your entry a unique code to maintain its anonymity throughout the judging process.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Students are not allowed to win first place in the same category twice. For example, if you win first place in the sophomore expository writing award, you can't win the junior or senior expository writing award.


Congratulations to our 2019 Literary Award Winners!

Ostrom Expository Awards:
English 101 Prize: 1st Place - Katie Slyh
Sophomore Prize: 1st Place - Breann Webb, 2nd Place - Aliza Johnson, 3rd Place - Emily Schinker
Junior Prize: 1st Place - Samantha Reynolds, 2nd Place - Clay Waidelich 
Senior Prize: 1st Place - Kim Estenson, 2nd Place - Sierra Sanchez, 3rd Place - Victoria Ladipo

Creative Writing Awards:
Poetry: 1st Place - Nikki Howard '20, 2nd Place - Emily Schinker '21, 3rd Place - Reese Harper '20
The Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction: 1st Place - Kim Estenson '19, 2nd Place - Jenny Larrick '20, 3rd Place - Emily Schinker '21
Non-Fiction Prose: 1st Place - Jenny Larrick '20, 2nd Place - Hannah Reynolds '19, 3rd Place - James Hagerman '20
Playwriting/Screenwriting: Tie for 1st Place - Sophie Reutter '20 & Sierra Sanchez '19, 3rd Place - Reese Harper '20
The Lester S. Crowl Creativity Award: Samantha Reynolds '20


Congratulations to our 2018 Literary Award Winners!

Ostrom Expository Awards:
Sophomore Prize: Reese Harper
Junior Prize: Jenn Ryan
Senior Prize: Jayne Stone

Creative Writing Awards:
Poetry: Daniel Malone '18
The Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction: Jayne Stone '18
Non-Fiction Prose: Nikki Howard '20
Playwriting/Screenwriting: Morgan Beechey '18
The Lester S. Crowl Creativity Award: Jayne Stone '18


Congratulations to our 2017 Literary Award Winners!

Ostrom Expository Awards:
English 101 Prize: Trevor Hoberty
Sophomore Prize: Anissa Dann
Senior Prize: Maria Symons

Creative Writing Awards:
Poetry: Chloe Burchett '17
The Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction: Megan Winters '20
Non-Fiction Prose: Maria Symons '17
Playwriting/Screenwriting: Camila Quinones '17
The Lester S. Crowl Creativity Award: Camila Quinones '17


Congratulations to our 2016 Literary Award Winners!

Ostrom Expository Awards:
Junior Prize: Amanda Wampler
Senior Prize: Hannah Hunt

Creative Writing Awards:
Poetry: Keri Heath '16 & Jayne O'Zemko '18
The Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction: Keri Heath '16
Non-Fiction Prose: Jayne O'Zemko '18
Playwriting/Screenwriting: Brooke Brauer '16
The Lester S. Crowl Creativity Award: Keri Heath '16


Congratulations to our 2015 Literary Award Winners!

Ostrom Expository Awards:
Junior Prize: Carl Burgason
Senior Prize: Trevor Brown

Creative Writing Awards:
Poetry: Julie Cascino '15
The Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction: Hannah Hunt '16
Non-Fiction Prose: Hannah Hunt '16
Playwriting/Screenwriting: Alina Simon '18
The Lester S. Crowl Creativity Award: Julie Cascino '15


Congratulations to our 2014 Literary Award Winners!

Ostrom Expository Awards:
English 101 Prize: Camila Quinones
Junior Prize: Savannah Fox
Senior Prize: Jonathan Drewsen

Creative Writing Awards:
Poetry: Kelsey Matson '14
The Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction: Adrienne Stout '14
Non-Fiction Prose: Megan Conkle '14
Playwriting/Screenwriting: Taylor Burmeister '14
The Lester S. Crowl Creativity Award: Adrienne Stout '14


The English Department congratulates its 2012-2013 award winning students!

Kaitlyn Chounet '13 - Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Award

Elizabeth Hastings '13 - Charles J. Ping Community Service Award. The Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award is presented in recognition of outstanding leadership and ability to meet the needs of the community by working in partnership with members of the community. It recognizes the student's effort to create an organization to lead and to involve others. Ohio Campus Compact, a statewide membership organization that serves to promote community service initiatives at colleges and universities, sponsors this award.

Rebecca Price '13 - Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Award

Amy Stamon '13 - M. Alice Geiger Award, Alpha Lambda Delta Senior Award, Recognized Smith Scholar and Fulbright Scholar. Named for Wittenberg's first woman graduate, the M. Alice Geiger Award recognizes a senior woman for outstanding contributions to the campus in the areas of performing or literary arts, athletics, co-curricular leadership, new programming, special academic pursuit or through special representation at any time during her college career.

Eric Werner '13 - John F. Mitchell Award. The John F. Mitchell Award, honors the senior man who best represents the liberal arts tradition at Wittenberg. The award goes to a top student who is a positive force in academic, cultural and social aspects of the campus.

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