Our English majors explore with their professors the broad and evolving sweep of English and American literature, honing their critical thinking skills as they go.

2014 Literary Awards Winners


  • 1st place ($300): Carrie Kline
  • 2nd place ($100) (tie): Rachel Gintner and Fiona Lochtefeld
  • Honorable Mention: Peter Dahl, Ashley Stern, and Melissa Willems

Creative Prose

  • 1st place ($300): Amy Mrotek, "Postcards"
  • 2nd place ($100): Gabby Zewdu-Habte, "Kinky"
  • Honorable Mention: Stefanie Trinkl, "As the Sun Sets" and Brittany Grady, "The Night Birds"

Critical Essay

  • 1st place ($300): Emma Riehl, "Form of All Forms: Fluidity of Divine Meaning in Ulysses"
  • 2nd place ($100): Julian Wacker, "Good Girl Gone Mad"
  • Honorable Mention: Peter Dahl, "And I Have Also Been to one of the Dark Places of the Earth" and Rachel Gintner, "Embodying the 'Other': Leopold Bloom as the Hero of Difference in James Joyce's Ulysses"
Other Awards
  • The English Endowed Award ($900):
  • The Mary McHale Wood Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Writing ($1000): Colin Herzog

Previous Winners
To view the award winners from previous years, please visit the Literary Award Winner Archive.