Each year the English Department awards students for their achievements in Literature and Creative Writing.
Walker Gilmer Prize For the junior or senior English major who is most outstanding in literature. Established in honor of Professor Emeritus of English Walker Gilmer, who taught at DePauw from 1963-1997.
The 2017-2018 winners of the Walker Gilmer Prize are Daniel Schultz and Holly Whistler.
William G. Schoenhoff Award For the senior who has most distinguished
himself or herself in the study of literature during his or her four years at DePauw. Established in memory of Mr. Schoenhoff by his parents.
The 2017-2018 winner of the William G. Schoenhoff Award is Hyeree Ellis.
Elizabeth B. Powell Prize For a junior who exhibits outstanding ability in the area of written communications and usage of the English language. Established in 1987 by the friends and family of Mrs. Powell.
The 2017-2018 winners of the Elizabeth B. Powell Prize are Grace Noden and Sarah Russell.
Roy and Anna Kennedy Prize in Creative Writing For the senior who has most distinguished himself or herself in creative writing and who shows great promise as an artist. Established by Adam Kennedy ('46) in honor of his parents.
The 2017-2018 winners of the the Roy and Anna Kennedy Prize in Creative Writing are Greisy Genao and Ivaylo Pasev.
Judith Shakespeare Award for a junior or senior English Literature major exceptionally gifted in literary interpretation.
The 2017-2018 winners of the Judith Shakespeare Award are Zachary Batt and Maria Mendez.
Chad Kostel Memorial Award for a junior or senior who has a commitment to writing as a profession. Given in memory of Chad Kostel, a former student of the Department of English who went on to a career as a writer and editor. This award is presented in the spring to the recipients who will receive the prize the following academic year
The 2017-2018 winners (for the 2018-2019 academic year) of the Chad Kostel Memorial Award are Marissa Higgs and Bronson Roseboro.
Paul Query Prize in Poetry for a senior writing major who is an outstanding poet. The award also includes a special feature section in A Midwestern Review.
The 2017-2018 winner for the Paul Query Prize in Poetry is Faith Lee.
Gilpin Prize in Dramatic Writing For a senior who is outstanding in playwriting or screenwriting.
The 2017-2018 winner of the Gilpin Prize in Dramatic Writing is Andrew Smith.
For a complete list of previous winners, including the Society of Professional Journalists Outstanding Graduate in Journalism Award which is no longer awarded, please click here.