2022 Creative Writing Award Winners

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We are excited to announce the winners of the 2022 Creative Writing Contests and the Creative Writing Scholarship awardees. Each year the English Department administers writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by English majors and non-major undergraduates. Congratulations to the following students! 

Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Fiction
Sascha Seinfeld, '23
Sascha Seinfeld’s “Mint Ting-a-Ling"  (Access to this piece is currently unavailable)
Family members and friends of former English student Anne Flexner (1945) established the Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Creative Writing to recognize undergraduates for their work in fiction and poetry. 

Reynolds Price Award for Fiction
Thalia Halloran, '22
Download Thalia Halloran’s “What I Done To You" (docx - 25.31 KB)
The Reynolds Price Fiction Award was established in memory of the distinguished novelist, essayist, poet, and public intellectual Reynolds Price, a graduate of Duke and professor in the English Department for over 50 years. 

CREATIVE NONFICTION

George P. Lucaci Award for Creative NonFiction
Haoning Jiang, ’23 (1st place) 
Download Haoning Jiang’s “Snowmen" (docx - 27.36 KB)

Francisco Angel Banda, ’23 (2nd place)
Download Franciso Angel Banda’s “Travelling" (docx - 25.17 MB)
This award 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

Academy of American Poets Prize
Marina Chen, ’24 (1st Prize)
Download Marina Chen’s “Dreams About Blood" (docx - 20.92 KB)

Spencer Chang, ’25 (Honorable Mention)
Download Spencer Chang’s “Ghost Stories" (docx - 20.53 KB)
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 foster contemporary poetry appreciation. 

Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Poetry: (co-winners)
Margot Armbruster, ‘22
Download Margot Armbruster’s “clean suite" (docx - 24.77 KB)

Tina Xia, ‘23
Download Tina Xia’s “Waiting for the rain to fall" (docx - 18.96 KB)
Family members and friends of former English student Anne Flexner (1945) established the Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Creative Writing to recognize undergraduates for their work in fiction and poetry. 

Terry Welby Tyler, Jr Award for Poetry (co-winners)
Lauren Garbett, '23 
Download Lauren Garbett’s “From the Other" (docx - 16.27 KB)

Rebecca Schneid, ‘23
Download Rebecca Schneid’s “Meditations on February" (docx - 15.24 KB)
The family of Terry Welby Tyler, Jr. established this award in his memory to recognize and encourage outstanding undergraduate poets. Welby, an English major who loved poetry, would have graduated with the class of 1997 had he not passed away in 1996.