John Mitchell Prize Accepting Entries

The John R. Mitchell Academy of American Poets Prize is accepting entries until March 14. The competition, endowed by Jean Mitchell in honor of John Mitchell, former English Department faculty member and poet, is for the best group of three poems by an Augsburg undergraduate student. The award includes a $100 prize. For more information, visit the English Department’s Prizes and Scholarships webpage.

2013-14 Engman Prize Winners

The English Department has announced the winners of the 2013-14 Engman Prize, which honors undergraduate writing in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting.

The winners were Steven Schwartz (poetry and screenwriting), Rowan Smith and Mark Woodley (fiction), and Tina Monje (poetry). There was no winner in the category of creative nonfiction.

Fiction

Winning Entries

  • “Foreward to Mandlebrot,” Rowan Smith
  • “Apocalypse Continued,” Mark Woodley

Honorable Mention

  • “Real History,” Mackenzie Dykstra
  • “Whatever Happened to Baby Harvey?” Kaylee Harles

Poetry

Winning Entries

  • “RSVP,” Tina Monje
  • “Fishing for the Sound,” Steven Schwartz

Honorable Mention

  • “Psalm of the Silverback,” Steve Saari
  • “Gone Fishing,” Will Trembley
  • “To Become Spectral,” Rowan Smith
  • “Driven by a Pornographic Instinct to Drown,” Patrick Werle

Creative Nonfiction

No award given.

Screenwriting

Winning Entry

  • Infected, Steven Schwartz

Honorable Mention

  • Clown, Nial Nelson-Hopkins
    • Note: A writer may win in several genres but will only receive a prize in one.

MFA Program Launches

In July 2013, the English Department successfully launched its Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, a low-residency graduate program offering concentrations in four writing genres: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Screenwriting. This year’s visiting writers/keynote speakers included: Sue Silverman, Benjamin Percy, Ed Bok Lee, and Christina Lazaridi. In summer 2014, a fifth concentration, in Playwriting, will be added.

2012-13 Engman Prize Winners

The English Department has announced the winners of the 2012-13 Engman Prize, which honors undergraduate writing in the categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting.

Fiction

Winning Entries

  • “Dead Girl” by Mark Woodley
  • “Time Out” by Eric Moen
  • “Flicks” by Mary Klecker

Honorable Mention

  • “End of Ten-Year Marriage” by Lia Jacobsen
  • “Take Heart” by Jayne Carlson

Poetry

Winning Entries

  • “Text Message Limbo” by Kaylee Harles
  • “Every Blessing” by Mary Klecker

Honorable Mention

  • “Shame” by Brianna Olson-Carr
  • “Rock n Roll,” “Patterns” and “Suicide Note Reader” by Patrick Werle
  • “Visiting Hours” by Steve Saari
  • “Black Road” by William Trembley

Creative Nonfiction

Honorable Mention

Screenwriting

No award given.