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ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WRITING & JOURNALISM AWARDS 2021-2022
Richard M. Ford Writing Award [FICTION, NON-FICTION, POETRY]
For undergraduates, merit-based
Winner, Non-Fiction: Brackett Lyons
Honorable Mention: Cameron Mehalek
Winner, Poetry: Cole Vincenzi
Honorable Mention: Norah Cummings & Phoebe Mulry
Winner, Fiction: Elisabeth Hunter
Honorable Mention: Jasmine Taudvin
Thomas Williams Memorial Scholarship [FICTION]
For graduate students
Winner: Alexandria Carolan
Honorable Mention: Heidi Turner
Dick Shea Memorial Award [POETRY or FICTION]
For graduate students
Winner, Poetry: Johnathan Riley
Honorable Mention: Julia Roche
Winner, Fiction: Carolyn Mainardi
Honorable mention: Shannon Garvey
Lt. Albert A. Charait Fund [SHORT STORIES]
For undergraduates or graduates
Winner: Cornelia Truesdale
Honorable Mention: Kami Peterson
Frederick Hyde Hibbberd ’88 Scholarship [FICTION, POETRY, NON-FICTION]
For undergraduates. Recipients must be English majors with a concentration in creative writing.
Winner, Fiction: Annie Montanus
Winner, Non-fiction: Aubrey Benoit
Winner, Poetry: Katherine Blakely
Non-Fiction Graduate Award
Previously the “Non-Fiction Prize Gift”
Winner: Elizabeth Joseph
Honorable mention: Ben Savard
Michael Kelly Memorial Journalism Scholarship
For sophomore or junior undergraduates, merit-based award for published journalism pieces
Winner: Max Scheinblum
Young Dawkins III Prize in Creative Writing
For (graduating) graduate students with best MFA portfolio
Winner (Poetry): Madison Marshall
Winner (Non-Fiction): Lindsey Wente
Winner (Fiction): Irene Behrman, William Price
**Merit-based Journalism Awards determined by Director/Faculty vote**
Theodore ‘Tad’ Ackman, Jr. and Robin D. Gorsky Endowed Scholarship
Winner: Isabelle Curtis
Natalie Salatich Jacobson Journalism Scholarship
Winner: Rhianwen Watkins
John Hanlon Memorial Scholarship
For undergraduates. Preference given to students who demonstrate an interest in sports writing
Winner: Cameron Beall
Donald Murray Memorial Scholarship
For exceptional academic work and dedication to the field of journalism
Winner: Melanie Matts
Thomas Williams Memorial Award
In memory of former UNH professor and National Book Award winning novelist, Thomas Williams. The Thomas Williams Memorial Fund was established with gifts from private donors. This Award recognizes excellence in graduate student fiction writing.
Richard M. Ford Writing Award
This Fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Ford in memory of their son Richard M. Ford, a member of the Class of 1980. The Ford Memorial Fund provides one to three annual awards, one to a student majoring in Chemistry (and awarded by that department), and one split among three undergraduate students in English (one each in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry). It is the donor’s intent to honor undergraduate scholarship, creativity, and academic achievement. Financial need is not to be considered as a factor in making this award.
Dick Shea Memorial Award
This award was established by friends and family in memory of Richard John Shea, Class of 1961, and will be granted to the undergraduate or graduate student showing creativity in writing poetry or fiction.
Lt. Albert A. Charait Award
This Fund was established by Mrs. Charait in memory of her husband who died in action during WWII. This gift will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who writes the best short story.
Michael Kelly Memorial Scholarship
This fund is established in memory of Michael Kelly, Class of 1979, who died covering the war in Iraq. This Scholarship supports sophomore and junior students who have been active in, and are passionate about, journalism. Recipients need not be journalism majors. Preference will be given to highly-motivated original thinkers, without reference to gpa. Please submit a cover letter, essay, and up to five published newspaper or magazine articles are required. The essay should be 750-800 words describing your journalism experience, your passion for journalism, and your plans for any future work connected with journalism.
Young Dawkins III Prize
For a graduating student with the most outstanding thesis in the MFA program.
Nonfiction Graduate Award
This prize is supported by an anonymous donor to reward outstanding work in narrative nonfiction by a graduate student. Submissions may include research-based narratives, personal essay, or memoir of no more than 5,000 words.