2018 Lit House Student Prize Winners
At the 2018 Senior Reading, the Rose O’Neill Literary House announced this year’s winners of three annual student creative writing prizes: The Literary House Genre Fiction Prize, The William W. Warner Prize for Creative Writing on Nature and the Environment, and The Jude & Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize.
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 Genre Fiction Prize was awarded to senior Brooke Schultz for her short story, “The Women Who Seek.” Honorable Mention for the prize was awarded to senior Hope Watland for her short story, “Hounds.”
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 senior Caroline Harvey for her essay, “We Search for Spiders.” Honorable Mention for the prize was awarded to sophomore Kai Clarke for her essay, “A Small Broken Wild.”
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 Mallory Smith for her poem “Proper Greetings.” Honorable Mention for the prize was awarded to junior Erin Caine for her poem “Song from an Adjacent Room.”
We offer our most sincere congratulations to this year’s prize winners for their fine writing!