2017 Lit House Student Prize Winners
The Literary House Genre Fiction Prize is a prize awarded to a Washington College undergraduate for the best work of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or horror. The winner receives a cash prize of $500.
This year’s prize was awarded to junior Roswell Wells for their short story, “Collateral Damage.”
Sophomore Erin Caine received Honorable Mention for her short story, “Cassandra and Persephone in the Clock-House.”
The William W. Warner Prize is awarded to the Washington College undergraduate who shows the greatest aptitude for writing about nature and the environment. This prize is named for, and was endowed in the honor of, William W. Warner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay, based on his experiences living and working among crab fishermen on the Chesapeake. According to Mr. Warner’s wishes, the judges will give preference to—but will in no way limit their consideration to—students who write about the natural history of our Atlantic Littoral, from the Canadian Arctic to the Gulf of Florida. The winner receives a cash prize of $500.
This year’s Warner Prize was awarded to freshman Kailani Clarke for her piece, “The Rest of the World was Water.”
Senior Heidi Butler received Honorable Mention for her piece, “On Earth as it is in Heaven.”
The Jude & Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize was created through the Academy of American Poets, one of the nation’s most influential poetry organizations, and is administered through the Washington College Department of English and the Rose O’Neill Literary House. The prize is awarded to a Washington College undergraduate for a single poem and the winner receives a cash prize of $100 and a certificate from the Academy of American Poets.
This year’s Pfister Poetry Prize was awarded to senior Lily Starr for her poem, “Portrait of Boy Dancing.”
Junior Roswell Wells received Honorable Mention for their poem, “Detection and Care of Root-Rotted Thoughts.”
We offer our most sincere congratulations to this year’s prize winners for their fine writing!
The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College serves as one of the cultural centers of campus, bringing together students, faculty, alumni, and local community members from across the disciplines. Our literary programming provides access to a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scholarly prose, playwriting, and hybrid forms; our letterpress studio and Literary House Press introduce participants both to old and new technologies. We are dedicated to promoting the articulated word and to supporting students through professional, on-the-job training.