2020 Creative Writing Contest Winners

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We are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Creative Writing Contests. Each year the English Department administers writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry works by English majors and non-major undergraduates

FICTION

The department offers two awards in the fiction category. The Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Creative Writing was established by the family and friends of Anne Flexner, who graduated from Duke in 1945. There are two prizes: one for fiction and one for poetry. The Reynolds Price Fiction Award was established in memory of the distinguished novelist, essayist, poet, and public intellectual, Reynolds Price, who was a graduate of Duke and taught in the English Department for over 50 years.

Anne Flexner Award for Fiction

Thalia Halloran, 2022 - Blonde
The Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Creative Writing was established by the family and friends of Anne Flexner, who graduated from Duke in 1945.

Reynolds Price Award for Fiction

Caroline Waring, 2020 – The Roof
The Reynolds Price Fiction Award was established in memory of the distinguished novelist, essayist, poet and public intellectual, Reynolds Price, who was a graduate of Duke and taught in the English Department for over 50 years.

CREATIVE NONFICTION

George P. Lucaci Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Leah Abrams, 2020 - Dad Funeral 
Rayan Tofique, 2020 – Of Suitors and the Unsuited
Julia Wang, 2020 – Lions
The Lucaci Endowment funds the Lucaci Award for Creative Nonfiction. This honor was created to encourage creative nonfiction writing and to honor George P. Lucaci, a former Duke student, who has been an active supporter of undergraduate creative writing in the English Department for many years.

POETRY

Duke English offers three prizes in the genre of poetry, to recognize a poem or group of poems: the Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Creative Writing (Poetry), the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Terry Welby Jr. Award for Creative Writing.

Academy of American Poets Prize – 1st Place

Daniela Stephanou, 2020 -Maria

Academy of American Poets Prize – honorable mention 

Thalia Halloran, 2020 - animal instincts
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.  Its mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

Anne Flexner Award for Poetry

Margot Armbruster, 2022 -Triptych
The Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Poetry was established by the family and friends of Anne Flexner, who graduated from Duke in 1945.

Terry Welby Tyler, Jr Award for Poetry

Sophie Laettner, 2020 - A Southern Element
Terry Welby Tyler, Jr. Award for Poetry was established by his family.  Terry Welby Tyler, Jr., was an English major that loved poetry.  He would have graduated with the class of 1997 had he not passed away in 1996.  This award recognizes and honors outstanding undergraduate poetry.

Congratulations to all of the 2020 winners!