Prizes

In the spring of each year, the English department posts a call to all Bowdoin students for submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and critical analysis for its competitive writing prizes, and holds its competition for the Brown Prize for Extemporaneous Writing (open to all Bowdoin seniors). Submissions are reviewed by faculty judges. The department awards the winners during the college's Honors Day program in May, and prize winners’ names are also printed in the commencement program.

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Academy of American Poets Prize
(for best poem or group of poems)

2015 Helen Galvin Ross '18
2014 Raisa Tolchinsky '17 password protected
2013 Katherine Kinkel '13
2012 Marissa Daisy Alioto '13
2011 Ricardo Zarate, Jr. '13 password protected
2010 Eilissa Lemieux Rodman '10 password protected
2009 William Jay Oppenheim '09
2008 William Johnstone Cogswell '11 password protected
2007 Carl J. Moon '08 password protected
2006 Haley Sara Bridger '07
2005 Daniel M. Varley '05
2004 Grant White '04 and Erin Westaway '05
Honorable Mention: Elaine Johanson '04 and Charlotte Carnevale '06
2003 Andrew Thomas Dunn '03
2002 Kelly Ann Kerney '02
2001 Carlo Mosoni '01

Forbes Rickard Poetry Prize
(for the best poem written by an undergraduate)

2015 Sean Patrick Moran '14
2014 Alexander Cheston '16
2013 Parker Towle '15
2012 Stephanie Lane '15
2011 Tu Anh Thi Dinh '11 password protected
2010 Alexander Finley Williams '10 password protected
2009 Shared equally: William Jay Oppenheim '09 password protected and Alexander Finley Williams '10 password protected
Honorable Mention: Jenna Eisman Breiter '10 password protected
2008 Shared equally: Elissa LeMieux Rodman '10 password protected and Edward Stevens Gottfried '11 password protected
2007 Nikolai von Keller '07
Honorable Mention: Joy Li-Yueh Lee '07
2006 Charlotte Kathleen Carnevale '06
2005 Shared equally: Alexander T. Davis '07 and Jenny S. Bordo '05
2004 Elizabeth Ayn Moe '06
2003 Laura Elisabeth Quinlan '02
2002 Elaine Dorothy Johanson '04
2001 Marina Nielsen Galazidis '01

Nathalie Walker Llewellyn Poetry Prize
(for best work of original poetry by an undergraduate)

2015 Hassaan Mirza '17
2014 Owen Haney '14 password protected
2013 Zackary Suhr '14
Honorable Mention: Jesse Gildesgame '13
2012 Katherine Kinkel '13
2011 Moriah Jasmine Churchill '11 password protected
2010 Anne Elizabeth Rothacker '11 and Samuel Thomas Howe '11
2009 Shared equally: Hannah Lee Cyrus '12 password protected and Elissa LeMieux Rodman '10 password protected
2008 Shared equally: Gemma Louisa Leghorn '10 password protected and Carl Justin Moon '08 password protected
2007 Carl J. Moon '08 password protected
2006 Nikolai von Keller '07
2005 Genevieve A. Creedon '05
2004 Jonathan Perez '04
2003 Elaine Dorothy Johanson '04
2002 Andrew Thomas Dunn '03
2001 Kelly Ann Kerney '02

Poetry Prize
(for best poem evocative of life at Bowdoin)

2015 McClure Williams Salovaara Bower '18
2014 Violet Ranson '16
2013 Monica Das '14
Honorable Mention: Zackary Suhr '14
2012 Parker Towle '13
2011 Hannah Lee Cyrus '12 password protected
2010 Katherine Bevier Kinkel '13 password protected
2009 Lindsay Gayle Heuser '09 password protected
2008 No prize awarded
2007 Norah A. Maki '09
2006 Katharine Margaret Sherman '09
2005 Rebecca S. Sargent '06
2004 Daniel M. Varley '05
2003 Jonathan Andrew Perez '04
2002 Ryan Walsh-Martel '03
2001 Seth Milan Barnes '01

Hawthorne Prize
(for best short story written by a sophomore, junior or senior)

2015 Hassaan Mirza '17
2014 Stephanie Lane '15 password protected
2013 Isabel Low '13
2012 Samuel Hanson '11
2011 Leah Kate Weiss '11 password protected
2010 Moriah Jasmine Churchill '11 password protected
2009 Genna Ruth-Louise Duplisea '09 password protected
Honorable Mention: Moriah Jasmine Churchill '11 password protected
2008 Rachel Hermans Goldman '10 password protected
2007 Wallace S. McFarlane '09
2006 Raiff T. Tsapatsaris '07
2005 Heather M. Johnston '05
2004 Leslie Bridgers '06
2003 Lauren Marie Whaley '03
2002 Jessica Teahan Farmer '02
2001 Kelly Ann Kerney '02

Mary B. Sinkinson Short Story Prize
This prize, established by John Judson Sinkinson of the Class of 1902 in memory of his wife, Mary Burnett Sinkinson, is awarded each year for the best short story written by a member of the junior or senior class.

2015 shared equally: Elias Chappell Pierce '15 and Stephanie Glen Lane '15
2014 Amanda Minoff '14 password protected
2013 Chloe Huang '13
Honorable Mention: Heidi Harrison '13
2012 Lucia Cowles '12
2011 Samuel Hollingsworth Hanson '11 password protected
2010 Rachel Hermans Goldman '10 password protected
2009 Rachel Hermans Goldman '10 password protected
Honorable Mention: Daniel Robert Lorberbaum '10 password protected
2008 Benjamin Evan Rachlin '08 password protected
2007 Raiff T. Tsapatsaris '07
Honorable Mention: Jared T. Hunt '08
2006 Raiff T. Tsapatsaris '07
2005 Brandon S. Kaplan '05
2003 Jay Caspian Kang '02
2002 Kelly Ann Kerney '02
2001 Arthur Dehon Middleton '01

Creative Nonfiction Prize
(for best creative nonfiction work by an undergraduate)

2015 shared equally: Molly Rosenberg MacVeagh '15 and Emily Montana Tucker '15
2014 Danielle Freeman '17 password protected
2013 Erica Berry '14
2012 Samuel Hanson '11 and Marissa Daisy Alioto '13
2011 Tu Anh Thi Dinh '11 password protected
2010 Shared equally: Will Elliott Bleakley '10 password protected and Gemma Louisa Leghorn '10 password protected
2009 Shared equally: Mary Helen Miller '09 password protected and Emily Israel Guerin '09 password protected
Honorable Mention: William Jay Oppenheim '09 password protected
2008 Shared equally: Stephen Michael Kolowich '08 password protected and Hannah Marie Larson '10 password protected

Pray English Essay Prize
(awarded for the best piece of critical writing by a senior English major)

2015 shared equally: Elisabeth Alexandra Strayer '15 and Molly Rosenberg MacVeagh '15
2014 Erica Berry '14
2013 Shared equally: Linda Kinstler '13 and Parker Towle '13
2012 Shared equally: Lucia Cowles '12 for her honors paper: “ADA/M” and Samuel Hanson '11 for his honors paper: “ The Gift: A Collection of Short Stories”
2010 Shared equally: Kristina Melissa Goodwin '10 and Samuel Iden Smith '10
2009 Kristen E. Gunther '09
2008 Shared equally: Amy Ahearn '08 and Zachary John Roberts '08
2007 Shared equally: Katherine H. Kirklin '07 and Jamie E. Knight '07
2004 Nicholas Sharpe Hiebert '03
2003 Jennifer Rita Laraia '03
2002 Kelly Ann Kerney '02
2001 Jared Winston Hickman '99

David Sewall Premium
(to a member of the first-year class for excellence in English composition. The purpose of this prize is to encourage creative and original writing which may or may not be directly appropriate to the first-year English seminars.)

2015 Rayne Kathleen Sampson '18
2014 Hassaan Mirza '17
2013 1st Prize: Jenna Watling '16 - 2nd prize: Andrew Villeneuve '16
2012 Elisabeth Strayer '15
2011 Shared equally: Erica Jane Berry '14 password protected and Emily Rose Powers '14 password protected
2010 Linda Esther Kinstler '13 password protected
2009 Samuel Ehlers Frizell '12 password protected
2008 Shared equally: Sean Nicholas Campos '11 password protected and Alexander Michael Streim '11 password protected
2007 Julian Chryssavgis '10
2006 Sophia Ransom Seifert '09
2005 Mallory J. Banks '08
2004 Joy Li-Yueh Lee '07
2003 Charlotte Kathleen Carnevale '06
2002 Claire Melissa Falck '05
2001 Shared equally: Michael John Northrop '04 and Robin Louise Whitney '04

Philip Henry Brown Prize
for excellence in extemporaneous composition (Open to all seniors.)

2015 Elena Maureen Britos '15
2014 Monica Das '14
2013 Ricardo Zarate '13
2012 Christopher Sanville '12 and Caleb Pershan '12
2011 Benjamin Arthur Messerly '11 password protected
2010 Rachel Hermans Goldman '10
2009 Caitlin May Hylan '09
2008 Jared Thomas Hunt '08
Honorable Mention: Travis Andrew Dagenais '08
2007 Raiff T. Tsapatsaris '07
2006 Jacqueline Nicole O'Hare '06
2007 Charlotte Kathleen Carnevale '06
2006 Kristin Marion Pollock '04
2005 Elliot Edson Jacobs '04
2004 Andrew Samuel Keshner '03
2003 Sarah Marie Ramey '03
2002 James Webster Stull '02
2001 Ajay Rao '02
2000 Nathaniel Chase Vinton '01
 

Bertram Louis Smith, Jr. Prize
This prize was established by his father in memory of Bertram Louis Smith Jr. of the Class of 1903 to encourage excellence of work in English literature, and is awarded by the department to a member of the junior class who has completed two years’ work in English literature.

2015 Katherine Rose Churchill '16
2014 Molly MacVeagh '15
2013 Erica Berry '14
2011 Hannah Lee Cyrus '12
2010 William Johnstone Cogswell '11
2009 Tanya Farber '10
2008 Caitlin May Hylan '09
2007 Amy Ahearn '08
2006 Raiff T. Tsapatsaris '07
2005 Shared equally: Andrew K. Gachanja '06 and Evan J. Gallagher '06
2004 Melissa Claire Falck '05
2003 Paige Mackenzie Contreras-Gould '04
2002 Jessie Tova Solomon-Greenbaum '04
2001 Sara Stephanie Bodnar '03
2000 Nicholas Sharpe Hiebert '03