Cadigan Prize for Younger Writers

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.

2015 Winners

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 Friday, Dec. 11. Notification is in January.

Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prizes

On May 13, 1977, at the age of twenty-three, Julia Smithson died of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A Bucknell graduate in 1976 with a major in English, Julia was married to Lowell W. Fritz, who graduated in the same year. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Smithson, Jr., of Knoxville, Tennesee. Donations made to a fund to perpetuate her memory have enabled the Department of English to establish the Julia Fonville Smithson Memorial Prizes, to be awarded annually to students whose dedication to the sharing and the making of literature carries into the future the spirit of Julia Smithson.

The winning manuscripts are selected each year by an outside judge appointed by the Department of English, which administers the prize.

2015 Winners

The 2015 entries were judged by Mike Scalise and Justin Boening. The judges chose a winner for each of three categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. 

"Under the Earth"
Andrew Marvin '16

"The Girl Who Lived In A Tree"
Rachel Chou '16

Molly Brown '15

For information on submitting to the Smithson Prize, please contact the Department of English.

Annual Student Reading

Each year the Annual Student Reading in April gathers the winners of the two contests for a formal reading in Bucknell Hall. The winners are announced early in the spring semester.

Listen to Their Readings

Winners Abby MacGregor '16 and Rachel Chou '16 were unable to attend.


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