Kudos to Julie Armstrong, Val Dunn, Ariel Jicha, Paige Kube, Sydney Sznajder, and Alex Vidiani. The winner of this year’s prize, worth $62,900, will be announced Friday, May 15, at a special event in Decker Theatre.
Washington College has announced six finalists for its famous Sophie Kerr Prize, the largest student literary prize in the nation, this year valued at $62,900. The winner will be announced Friday evening, May 15, on campus during a special event where each finalist will read from his or her work and author Peter Turchi, a professor of writing at the University of Houston and the 1982 winner of the Sophie Kerr Prize, will deliver remarks.
As specified by the will of benefactor Sophie Kerr, each year the English Department faculty of the liberal arts school awards the Prize to the graduating senior who, in their judgment, shows the most literary talent and promise. This year the professors reviewed 25 writing portfolios submitted by Prize hopefuls before selecting the six finalists. This is the first time the College has named six finalists rather than five. “That is just one indication of how strong this year’s applicants were,” says English Department chair Kathryn Moncrief. “It was incredibly difficult to narrow it down to these six. We could have named a dozen.”