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Writing Awards

The Creative Nonfiction Award is the dramatized presentation of Non-Fiction together with artistic, literary or lyrical presentation of a significant event, scene, or life. Creative Non-Fiction should be factually accurate yet read like a story.  This genre often reflects real and significant personal experience, the introduction of lively characters and setting, followed by conflict and tension, a climax, resolution of the conflict, and a message. Creative Non-Fiction is often used in the Narrative Essay written by students in EN 101/A. EN 101/A students, together with the instructor’s recommendation, are eligible for the award.  Students will fill out the cover sheet and submit their piece to the English Department.

Submissions 

Unless otherwise noted within the
award definition, students who
would like to be considered for an
award will submit one piece of
writing with a cover sheet to the
English Department Office at
Macklin Tower (MT) 526.

 

Important Dates 

Deadline:  TBA

Award Ceremony:  TBA

Check out this year's winners.

Awards' Judges 

 

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 The Poetry Award recognizes poems of no more than 100 lines that go beyond merely demonstrating an understanding of poetic devices. The winning poem should have a distinctive voice that speaks to readers in a meaningful way and a unified idea, so as to suggest a deeper and useful message.  The poem should be well crafted, so that its use of language and image is stirring, memorable and suggests courage to go beyond the expected. Students’ poems are nominated by their EN 223 and EN 224 Creative Writing, Poetry professors at MC-Rockville of the current academic year.

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 The Short Fiction Award recognizes short stories of no more than 10,000 words (or 25 pages) that go beyond merely demonstrating an understanding of character, plot, and resolution; the short story should have engaging characters that change in meaningful ways, so as to suggest a deeper and useful message to fiction readers.  The strength of the story will also rest in its well crafted prose, so that the reader experiences both the stirring magic of language and the moving power of storytelling.  Introduction to Creative Writing (EN 218) students are eligible for the award.  Students will fill out the cover sheet and submit their piece to the English Department.

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 The Strength in Difference Award will be given to students who have written a paper on the theme of diversity.  The paper considers how our differences in culture, language, race, sexuality, and religion strengthen our society.  This award would celebrate the positives of diversity.  EN 101/A and 102 students are eligible for the award.  Papers should be about unity through diversity, argued in a clear, persuasive essay that is five pages or longer. 

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 The Samuel R. Blate Award for Creative Writing recognizes short stories of no more than 10,000 words (or 25 pages) that go beyond merely demonstrating an understanding of character, plot, and resolution; the short story should have engaging characters that change in meaningful ways, so as to suggest a deeper and useful message to fiction readers.  The strength of the story will also rest in its well crafted prose, so that the reader experiences both the stirring magic of language and the moving power of storytelling.  This award is named in memory of Professor Samuel R. Blate who pioneered creative writing courses at Montgomery College.  Advanced Creative Writing (EN 219) students are eligible for the award.  Students will fill out the cover sheet and submit their piece to the English Department.  Professor Toni Blate and family will notify the Awards Committee of their selection by TBA.

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 The Joseph and Helen Howard Improvement Award goes to a student who has successfully (earning a B or an A) completed EN 001 on the second attempt. Both first and second attempts must be done within the same academic year.  Individual EN 001 instructors will be the nominators for the award. Nominees should write a brief essay (1-3 paragraphs) explaining how they were able to turn around their study habits to become successful students.  Professor Joanna Howard will notify the Awards Committee of their selection by Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

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 The Joseph and Helen Howard Outstanding Student Award is for a student who earns an A or B in EN 001—who completes all work and homework on time; who works respectfully with peers and instructors; is reflective and interested in becoming a better a writer; is organized concerning assignments; participates in class.  Nominated by individual instructors.  Students must submit a short portfolio of writing with a 1-3 paragraph essay explaining why they deserve the award.  Professor Joanna Howard will notify the Awards Committee of their selection by TBA.

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 To be eligible for The Charles J. Husfelt Award in Composition the student must be enrolled in EN 101/A or EN 102. A winning essay must follow the format for an academic essay:

  • A developed, stated or implied thesis on a topic that leads to some insight
  • Length: 1,200 words or less, excluding title and any references  
  • title, introduction, body, and summary/conclusion  
  •  Microsoft Word, 12-point font, double-spaced, 1’’ margin, five letter space indent, justified on 8½" by 11" white paper  
  • Pages must be numbered with last name in upper right header.  

The essay must be free of grammatical, typographical, and punctuation errors. The writer must present his/her position in a clear, logical manner that facilitates understanding the writer's line of reasoning. The writer must approach the essay topic in a fresh, rich, and illuminating way, avoiding moral platitudes and oversimplification. The essay can be in any one of the genres or modes appropriate for college level writing. EN 101 and 102 students are eligible for the award.  Students will fill out the cover sheet and submit their piece to the English Department.

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 The Evelyn Elder Award in American Literature recognizes an insightful, well crafted literary analysis essay that offers insight or a new reading of a text.  Papers will be three to five pages in length.  American Literature, Introduction to Literature, and Women’s Literature students are eligible for the award.  Students will fill out the cover sheet and submit their piece to the English Department.

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 The Jacoby-Karr Award in Literature is given for an exceptional literary analysis on a work of prose, poetry, or drama from ancient to contemporary times, in locations spanning the globe.  Well-shaped essays with specific, developed thesis statements, imaginatively argued and supported with evidence from the text will be given preference. The length of the essay should be 3-8 pages, double-spaced.  Students will fill out the cover sheet and submit their piece to the English Department.

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 The Monty Pitner Award for Excellence in Journalism is traditionally awarded to a student editor or writer by Advocate advisor Professor Steve Thurston based upon his sense of which editor or writer has served the Advocate most usefully over the past Academic Year.  The student editor or writer has shown himself or herself to have been indispensible in producing high quality material for the Advocate during the Academic Year and is duly recognized for that contribution to the college newspaper.  The award has traditionally gone to the editor-in-chief; however, in the event that another member of the Advocate staff warrants recognition for his or her outstanding contribution to the paper in editing or writing, the Monty Pitner may be awarded to that individual.  Professor Thurston will notify the Awards Committee of his selection by TBA.

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Winners 

  •  Colondres, Aric Creative Non-fiction Award
  • Njie, Amanda Creative Non-fiction Award
  • Brown, Charles Joseph and Helen G. Howard Award in Basic Writing
  • Colondres, Aric Joseph and Helen G. Howard Award in Basic Writing
  • Kornegay, Henry Charles J. Husfelt Award in English Composition
  • Mackenzie, William Charles J. Husfelt Award in English Composition
  • Arias, Arianny Jacoby-Kerr Award in Literature
  • Bollwork, Meg Evelyn Elder Award in American Literature

 


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