Convocation Awards

 

Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets

Given to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best poem or group of poems.

2016- Judged by Ansel Elkins

  • Shelley Whitaker ’16- winner
  • Mike Good MFA ’16- runner-up

2015- Judged by David Roderick

  • William Repass MFA ’16 – winner
  • Amanda Williams MFA ’16 – winner

2013- Judged by Andrea Hollander

  • Michael Loruss MFA ’13 – winner
  • Eve Strillacci MFA ’13 – winner

2012- Judged by Stacey Brown

  • Matthew Bishop MFA ’12 – winner
  • Brandon Courtney MFA ’12 – winner
  • Elisabeth Aroneau MFA ’13 – honorable mention

2011- Judged by Tim Seibles

  • S.H. Lohmann MFA ’12 – winner
  • Jess Quinlan MFA ’11 – runner-up
  • Matthew Bishop MFA ’12 – honorable mention
  • Lauren Smith MFA ’12 – honorable mention

 

Andrew James Purdy Prize for Short Fiction

In memory of Andrew James Purdy, a member of the Hollins English faculty from 1968 to 1977, this award is given to a graduate student in the creative writing program who has written a body of fiction of outstanding quality.

2016- Judged by Matthew Vollmer

  • Whitney Watson MFA ’16- winner
  • Taylor Kobran MFA ’16- runner-up

2015- Judged by Mariflo Stephens

  • Elisabeth Booze MFA ’16 – winner
  • Ellen Ray MFA ’16 – runner-up

2014- Judged by Elizabeth Denton

  • Colin Lee MFA ’14 – winner
  • Elise Burke MFA ’15 – runner-up

2013- Judged by Daniel Mueller

  • Eric Thompson MFA ’13 – winner
  • Annie Mountcastle MFA ’13 – runner-up
  • Amanda Pauley MFA ’14 – runner-up

2012- Judged by R.T. Smith

  • David Gauly MFA ’12 – winner

2011- Judged by Jean McGarry

  • David Gauly MFA ’12 – winner
  • Meighan Sharp MFA ’11 – runner-up
  • Lauren Smith MFA ’11 – runner-up

 

Melanie Hook Rice Award in Creative Nonfiction

In memory of Melanie Hook Rice, Class of 1975, this award is given to a graduate or undergraduate student in the creative writing program who has demonstrated considerable writing skills and has either completed or made substantial progress toward writing a book-length work of nonfiction.

2016- Judged by Susan Fox Rogers

  • Mallory Jones MFA ’16- winner
  • Miranda Jenkins MFA ’16- runner-up
  • Ericka Kelly ’16- runner-up

2015- Judged by Scott McClanahan

  • Elizabeth Caldwell MFA ’15 – winner
  • Mallory Jones MFA ’16 – runner-up
  • Martha Park MFA ’15 – runner-up

2014- Judged by Lia Purpura

  • Martha Park MFA ’15 – winner

2012- Judged by Paul Lisicky

  • S.H. Lohmann MFA ’12 – winner
  • Lorie Imsdahl MFA ’13 – runner-up

 

Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel

In memory of Melanie Hook Rice, Class of 1975, this award is given to a graduate or undergraduate student in the creative writing program who has demonstrated considerable writing skills and has either completed or made substantial progress toward writing a novel.

2016- Judged by Jon Pineda

  • Ellen Ray MFA ’16- winner
  • Elizabeth Booze MFA ’16- runner-up
  • Tessa Cheek MFA ’17- runner-up

2015- Judged by Ravi Howard

  • Elisabeth Booze MFA ’16 – winner
  • Marissa Mazek MFA ’15 – runner-up

2014- Judged by Drew Perry

  • Virginia Wood MFA ’14 – winner
  • Emma Bohmann MFA ’14 – runner-up
  • Colin Lee MFA ’14 – runner-up

2013- Judged by Adam Ross

  • Colin Lee MFA ’14 – winner
  • Annie Mountcastle MFA ’14 – runner-up

2012- Judged by Jessica Anya Blau

  • Courtney Cullinan Robb MFA ’12 – winner
  • Mary Catherine Curley MFA ’12 – runner-up

2011- Judged by Ed Falco

  • Courtney Cullinan Robb MFA ’12 – winner