Recent Award Winners

The English Department is honored to announce the winners of its 2022 writing contests. The department administers writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and critical works by English majors and non-major undergraduates.  

FICTION

Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Fiction
Sascha Seinfeld, '23

Download Mint-Ting-A-Ling (pdf - 141.98 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. 

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. and Lee Emerson Tyler 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 Terry Welby Tyler, Jr. & Lee Emerson Tyler Award for Poetry was established by the family of Terry Welby Tyler, Jr., who would have graduated with the class of 1997, and his brother Lee Emerson Tyler, to recognize and honor outstanding undergraduate poetry.  This award is made possible through the generosity of Kathy and Hank Thompson.

Creative Writing Scholarship Winners

William M. Blackburn Scholarship
Lily Neusaenger - ’25
Rodricka Robinson - '24
Created in 1962 by students and friends of Professor William Blackburn (1899-1969), who established the creative writing initiative at Duke, this scholarship recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of creative writing. 

Francis Pemberton Scholarship
Thalia Halloran - '22
This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior pursuing study in creative writing. It was created by the Trustees of The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation in memory and in honor of Francis Pemberton's service to the Biddle Foundation. 

Margaret Rose Knight Sanford Scholarship
Milla Surjadi - '24

Given annually to a female student who demonstrates a particular promise in creative writing, this scholarship was established to recognize the untiring efforts of Margaret Rose Knight Sanford on behalf of Duke University.

Critical Essay Department Award Winners 

Stanley E. Fish Award for Outstanding Work in British Literature: 
Kari Tora Larsen, ‘22
This award recognizes outstanding work by an undergraduate enrolled in an English course in British Literature.

Award for Most Original Honors Thesis: 
Taylor Madison Plett, ‘22
This award recognizes a senior student for writing the most original honors thesis.