Recent Creative Writing Contest Winners

The English Departments is honored to announce the winners of its 2018 writing contests. The department administers writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry works by English majors and non-major undergraduates.  

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.  Submissions must be critical nonfiction essays produced for a class (current academic year) in which the student is (was) enrolled. 

2018 Fiction Award Winners
(There are two awards in the category of fiction)

Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Fiction Winner
Vivian Lu
-Meltwater
(Ms. Lu also won this award in 2017)
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 Fiction Award Winner
Caroline Waring – 
Jumping Frog
The Reynolds Price Fiction Award was established in memory of the distinguished novelist, essayist, story-writer, poet and public intellectual, Reynolds Price, who was a graduate of Duke and taught in the English Department for over 50 years.

2018 Creative Nonfiction Winners

George Lucaci Award for Creative Nonfiction 
Jackie Xu - 
Welcome
2nd- Liddy Grantland –I’m Here
3rd(tie) Caroline Fernelius - Crashbox
3rd(tie) Emily Brockman – Auntie Mock
The Lucaci Award for Creative nonfiction is funded by the Lucaci Endowment. It was established 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.

2018 Poetry Award Winners
(There are three awards in the category of poetry)

Academy of American Poets Prize
Caroline Fernelius -  “Collude”
Honorable Mention- 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.  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.

Terry Welby Tyler, Jr. 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.  He would have graduated with the class of 1997 had he not passed away in 1996.  This award recognizes and honors outstanding undergraduate poetry.

Archive of Writing Contest Winners