2016 Departmental Award Recipients

2016 Barnard Department of English Awards

Each year, the English Department awards named prizes to a few English majors in recognition of their scholarship and accomplishments.  The prizes requiring writing submissions are open to those not majoring in English as well.

Recipients of the 2016 Departmental Awards:


The ESTELLE M. ALLISON PRIZE
For excellence in literature
Winner: Madeline Taylor

The ES CARRIGAN PRIZE
For graduate work in English
Winner: Sarah Shermyen

The W. CABELL GREET PRIZE
To a major for excellence in English
Winners:

Shira Eliassian
Lillian Fishman 
Sarah Shermyen

The WILLIAM HALLER PRIZE
Awarded annually by the Barnard English Department to a graduating senior for excellence in the study of English Literature
Winners:

Zoe Miller 
Alia Persico-Shammas
Emily Southwick

The SAINT AGATHA-MURIEL BOWDEN MEMORIAL PRIZE
For superior proficiency in the study of Chaucer and Medieval literature
Winner: Tova Rohatiner

The STAINS-BERLE MEMORIAL PRIZE IN ANGLO-SAXON
For excellence in Anglo-Saxon language and literature
No winner in 2015-16 academic year

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Writing Prizes


The DORIS E. FLEISCHMAN PRIZE
For the student at Barnard judged by the Faculty of the English Department to have written the best short piece, fiction or non-fiction
Winner: Gabrielle Kirschner

The AMY LOVEMAN MEMORIAL FUND PRIZE
For the best original poem by a Barnard undergraduate
Winner: Nika di Liberto Sabasteanski

The LENORE MARSHALL BARNARD PRIZES
In prose and poetry

  • Prose winner: Camille Baptista
  • Poetry winners:

First: Kyra Spence
Second: Mika di Liberto Sabasteanski
Third: Christina Ellsberg
Honorable mention: Juliana Brandano and Isabella Heshmatpour

The SIDNEY MINER POETRY PRIZE
To the senior major who has shown distinction in the reading, writing, & study of poetry
Winners:

Zoe Baker-Peng
Amelia Pitcherella
Noa Stolzenberg-Myers

The HELEN PRINCE MEMORIAL PRIZE
For excellence in dramatic composition
Winner: DaMonique Ballou

The HOWARD M. TEICHMANN WRITING PRIZE
To a graduating senior for work distinguished in its originality of concept and excellence of execution
Winners:

Alia Persico-Shammas
Zora Shaw

 

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Based on Submissions

Awarded by Outside Judges:

The PETER S. PRESCOTT PRIZE FOR PROSE WRITING
For a work of prose fiction which gives the greatest evidence of creative imagination and sustained ability

  • 1st place winner:  Sarah Shermyen
  • 2nd place winner: Camille Baptista
  • 3rd place winners: Lillian Fishman
  • Honorable mention: Hannah Corrie, Juliana Brandano, Alia Persico-Shammas, and Eva Dunsky

The HELENE SEARCY PULS PRIZE
For the best poem in an annual student competition
Winners:

Christina Ellsberg
Amelia Pitcherella
Kyra Spence

Judged by Departmental Committee

The BURNS SOCIETY PRIZE
To the student who writes the best paper on a topic related to the poetry of the 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns
Winner: no winner in 2015-16 year

The BRANDT PLAYWRITING AWARD
To the student who writes the most promising one-act play.
Winner: Nia Ashley

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Judges for the 2016 Prizes

2016 Poetry Judges

Katie Peterson

Katie Peterson is the author of three collections of poetry, This One Tree, Permission, and The Accounts, the winner of the 2014 Rilke Prize from the University of North Texas. She lives in California and teaches in the undergraduate and graduate writing programs at the University of California at Davis.

 


Fiona Wilson

Fiona Wilson is the author of A Clearance (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and in several anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic, including Poetry Review, Edinburgh ReviewThe Antigonish ReviewLiterary ImaginationThe Spectator, and New Writing Scotland. She grew up in Scotland and lives in New York City. She teaches literature at Sarah Lawrence College.

 
 
 
 
Miranda Field
Miranda Field’s first poetry collection, Swallow, won a Catherine Bakeless Nason Literary Award. She has also won a Pushcart Prize, and a Discovery Prize.  Her new collection, Imaginary Royalty, is forthcoming from Four Way Books.   

 

 

2016 Prose Judges

 

 

Malena Watrous

Malena Watrous is a novelist, magazine writer and book critic living in San Francisco. She attended Barnard College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford, where she currently teaches creative writing.

 

 

 

Marian Thurm

Marian Thurm is the author of 6 novels and 4 short story collections, including the most recent, Today Is Not Your Day, a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her stories have appeared in the New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, and many other magazines and anthologies.

 

 

 

Eliza Minot

Eliza Minot is the author of the novels "The Tiny One" and "The Brambles". Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines, a couple of anthologies, and her books have been named to various lists. She is currently writing her third novel, American Standard, and is pursuing her MFA at Rutgers-Newark where she is a teaching assistant and the recipient of a Rutgers Presidential Fellowship.

 

 

 

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