Puget Sound English Department

May 4, 2010

End of Year Awards: 2010

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2010 and others who were recognized for exceptional distinction at our senior celebration:

Departmental Honors
Miles King, Greta Lindquist, Olivia Margoshes, Lauren Mouat, Brad Rice, Katie Shuy

Kathryn Irene Rodgers Scholarship
Robyn Broker, Lauren Foster

Heuston Literature Prize
Brad Rice
Honorable Mention: Greta Lindquist, Katie Shuy

Rosemary Van Arsdel Outstanding Senior (WRC)
Miles King

Barry Bauska Outstanding Senior (CW)
Hudson Hongo

Philip Hager Outstanding Senior (Lit)
Brad Rice

Fezziwig Award in Honor of David Macey
Greta Lindquist

Esther Wagner Fiction Prize
Benjamin Merkel

Nixeon Civille Handy Poetry Award
First Place: Ian Greenfield
Second Place: Jeanne Stevens
Third Place: Melissa Farage

March 31, 2010

Deadline Approaches

The deadline for submitting work to the yearly departmental writing awards is Friday, April 2. Submit your poetry, fiction, or an analytical essay written for a 400-level course in Wyatt 335.

June 30, 2009

The Best of the Bad

It was a dark and stormy night...

It was a dark and stormy night...


This year’s Bulwer-Lytton contest winners have been announced, and the bad fiction award recipient lives right in our backyard: Federal Way. The contest is intentionally parodic and calls for opening lines to novels that will, one hopes, never be written. It tends to reward metaphorical excess, coupled with the cataclysmically quotidian.

For those of you blissfully ignorant of Bulwer-Lytton’s oeuvre, it’s perhaps enough to know that he’s the source of the deathless opening line, “It was a dark and stormy night,” among other gems.

This year’s prize-winning opener:

“Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin’ off Nantucket Sound from the nor’ east and the dogs are howlin’ for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the “Ellie May,” a sturdy whaler Captained by John McTavish; for it was on just such a night when the rum was flowin’ and, Davey Jones be damned, big John brought his men on deck for the first of several screaming contests.”
David McKenzie
Federal Way, WA

Full list of winners and winning entries (including those in adventure, detective, and western genres, runners-up, and “dishonorable mentions”) is at the contest home page.