The Cadigan Prizes for Younger Writers is judged each year by recent contributors to West Branch, Bucknell's professional literary journal, and recognizes outstanding works of poetry and prose by Bucknell undergraduates. First and second place prizes, as well as honorable mentions, are awarded in each of two genres: prose, which includes both fiction and creative nonfiction, and poetry. The awards are made possible by the generous support of Robb Cadigan '86 and his wife, Joan Daughen Cadigan '86.
Cadigan Prize judges for 2014-15 were Jehanne Dubrow (poetry) and Matthew Neill Null (prose). Dubrow is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently The Arranged Marriage, which will appear in early 2015. Null’s debut novel, Honey from the Lion, is scheduled for release in 2015, and his story collection, Allegheny Front, will appear in 2016. Prizes are awarded for an entire manuscript and prose prizes for a single short story or essay.
A Dialogue on Home: Poems
Abby MacGregor ’16
First Place Prize, Poetry
“[there’s more enterprise to behold in between]” and Other Poems
Molly Brown ’15
Second Place Prize, Poetry
“Discovery Arc” and Other Poems
Jonathan Moseley ’15
Honorable Mention, Poetry
Evan Turissini ’16
First Place Prize, Prose
The Guide to Running Track
Frederick William Schroeder IV ’16
Second Place Prize, Prose
Wind on Water
Alana Jajko ’15
Honorable Mention, Prose
To submit literary work for the 2015-16 Cadigan Prizes, please use the Stadler Center Application Portal. (All submissions must be received via the portal; we no longer accept paper submissions.) The deadline for the 2015-16 prizes is Tuesday, Dec. 8. Notification is in January.
The Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prize, established in the memory of a Bucknell graduate who died in 1977, awards prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The winning manuscripts are selected each year by an outside judge appointed by the Department of English, which administers the prize.
The 2014 Smithson Memorial Prizes were judged by poet Carolina Ebeid, 2012–14 Stadler Fellow, and fiction writer Alexander Lumans, Spring 2014 Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing.
"Beyond the Break: Waterhood and Development"
Somer Dice '16
"Why I Should Not Have Done What I Did"
Andrew Romer '15
"Ten Riparian Poems"
Molly Brown '15
For information on submitting to the Smithson Prize, please contact the Department of English.
Each year the Annual Student Reading gathers the winners of the two contests for a formal reading in Bucknell Hall. The winners are announced early in the spring semester.
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