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The Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing 2016

The winner of the 2016 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing is Erica McKeen, for her short story, "Our Eyes, Our Tongue." Congratulations, Erica!  Honourable Mention of a very High Order to Kevin Heslop. See poster for full details.


Game of Thrones course coming to English


Arts Outreach Day - April 7 & 8

Grade 11 students from the Thames Valley and Catholic District School Boards will be getting a taste of the university experience as they tour the building and sit in on lectures led by Arts & Humanities faculty. UWO VOLUNTEERS WANTED!


Submissions are being accepted for the Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry

In the spirit of stimulating the imagination, promoting creativity, and fostering appreciation of English language skills and the art of poetry, the Department of English and Writing Studies is pleased to announce a competition for the annual Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry. This award is made in accordance with the wishes and through the generosity of the late Alfred R. Poynt of London, Ontario, and will be presented in May of each year. The winning entry will receive a prize of $250.00; the runner-up will receive a prize of $100.00; and three “judge’s choice” poems will each receive a prize of $100.00.

Hard copy submissions accepted in Room 2G02 AHB until March 31. See contest rules .pdf 
Meet the judges .pdf


Auditions for 2016 Fall Drama Production - English 2041F - Mar 29-31

All are welcome!

No need to prepare anything! Auditions and Crew sign-ups are being held in March so that interested students may register in English 2041F for Fall 2016 and hence receive a course credit for their part in the production. No summer rehearsals! For more information, please contact the director, Professor Jo Devereux (jdevereu@uwo.ca). See poster for details .pdf


Auditions for 2016 Summer Shakespeare - Mar 21-22

All are welcome! You do not have to be a Western student to audition.

Theatre Studies at Western presents Western Summer Shakespeare 2016 - Much Adoe about Nothing. Auditions are being held March 21 and 22. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script - no need to prepare anything. Show will run July 2016. To book your audition slot, or if you have any questions, contact Jennifer Hale and Kaitlyn Rietdyk at empty.space.pro@gmail.comSee poster for details .pdf


Arts and Humanities Students’ Council ITR Info Session - Mar 15

Wondering what English courses to take? Stop by the IGAB Atrium and talk with our English faculty to learn more about the English program and the options available. Everyone is welcome!


March Break Open House - Mar 12

On this day of discovery, you will have a chance to meet with our faculty, staff and students and learn why Western offers the best student experience among Canadian Universities. Attend faculty presentations, take a bus or walking tour of campus, tour one or more of our residences, visit our marketplace to hear about services for students, sample our food services for lunch or a snack and enjoy Western's beautiful campus. Join us for the day and feel the spirit and pride we hold for Western.


Interdisciplinary Intent to Register (ITR) Fair - Mar 8

Wondering what courses and modules to take next year? Don't miss the ITR FAIR hosted by LAMP, The Student Success Centre and various Faculty Councils! This event is poised to be Western’s largest intent to register (ITR) and professor meet and greet event, targeting all students in years 1, 2, and 3. Pizza is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


English students from 3666F explore mental illness through art

“It’s a play talking about young adults dealing with how to get over the struggles of mental health and it centres on suicide and how others deal with suicide after the loss,” says playwright Meg Cormack, third-year English honours student.



Fall 2015 Student Award Winners

Chelsea Brimstin

Timothy Findley Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time undergraduate student entering third-year and enrolled in a four-year degree program which includes an Honors Specialization, Specialization, or Major in English Language and Literature or Film Studies, based on academic performance (minimum 80% average).
Value: $1,057

Claire Christopher

Archibald A. Campbell Scholarship in Canadian Literature
Awarded annually to the undergraduate student with the highest standing in a course in Canadian Literature offered by the Department of English.
Value: $475

William Ferguson Tamblyn Scholarship
Awarded to two students entering the fourth year of honors English Language and Literature, who, on the recommendation of the Department of English, have shown the highest degree of academic excellence in English.
Value: $1,500

Elaine Yu

Bounce Scholarship
Awarded annually to an undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with the highest academic achievement in a course in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature (period 1660-1780).
Value: $1700

Wade-Walters Scholarship
Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering fourth year who has excelled in Eighteenth Century Studies in an Honors Specialization in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Value: $1,500

Emma Croll-Baehre

William Wyatt Scholarship in English Language and Literature
Awarded to the highest ranking student entering second year of an Honors Bachelor degree with either an Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature or a double Major including English Language and Literature.
Value: $350

Julian Saddy

Neen Hodgins Scholarship
Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student entering the second year of a four year degree program and pursuing an Honors Specialization, Specialization or Major in English with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities based on academic achievement.
Value: $25,000

Rhoda Ann Rinn Scholarship
Awarded on the basis of academic standing in the first year program in Arts or Social Sciences to a student who enrolls in the second year of Honors English Language and Literature.
Value: $1,500

Laura Brooks & Richard Joseph

Baldwin Family Scholarships in English Language and Literature
Awarded to three students entering the second year of Honors English (or those in combined programs) who have achieved minimal A averages at the end of the first year, and who will not be recipients of any other scholarship of $1,000 or above.
Value: $900

Margaret Cormack

Kathleen V. Pearce Scholarship
Awarded to the student proceeding to the third year of the honours English Language and Literature program with the highest standing in English honours courses in second year.
Value: $300

Myrtle Rowntree Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a third-year student in an Honors English Language and Literature program based on academic achievement (minimum 80% average).
Value: $1,300

Maria McCann

Marguerite Torney Scholarship
Awarded to a full-time student entering Year 3 of an Honors program in English Language and Literature who achieved the highest overall average in Year 2.
Value: $500

Roderick Moir McQueen Scholarship in English
Established by Mr. Mark McQueen (HBA '88) to honor his father, Roderick Moir McQueen(HBA '67), awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student in his or her third year of the Honors Specialization in English or a Double Major including English in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities (minimum 80% academic average).
Value: $2,000

Robyn Obermeyer

William Ware Tamblyn Scholarship
Awarded to the student entering fourth year of honors English who, on the recommendation of the Department of English, has shown the highest degree of academic excellence in English and achievement in Drama.
Value: $1,500

Sarah Shaughnessy

Thomas F. McCracken Scholarship
Awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student beyond Year 1 registered in English Language and Literature, based on academic achievement (minimum 80% overall average).
Value: $1,900

Winter 2015 Award Winners

Emma Lammers

Avie Bennett Prize in Canadian Literature
This prize is awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay in Canadian Literature. Special thanks to our judges Professor Donna Palmateer Pennee and Professor Pauline Wakeham.
Value: $500

Marguerite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Writing Award in Creative Writing
This is awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for a recent work of creative writing, in English or French, on a theme of Canadian Heritage.
Value: $1,000

Sakariya Ahmed, "Ajnabi (Foreigner)"

Annual Alfred R. Poynt Award in Poetry
Awarded annually in accordance with the wishes and generosity of the late Alfred R. Poynt of London, Ontario in the spirit of stimulating the imagination, promoting creativity, and fostering appreciation of English language skills and the art of poetry. The competition is open to students registered full-time in any undergraduate program at Western University.
Value: $250

Runner-Up: Robyn Obermeyer, "Symphonic" (Value: $100)
Judge's Choice: Emma Croll-Baehre, "fat snow peels downard; Helen Ngo, "Prisoner's Prayer"; David Witmer, "A Stone at the Top of a Hill" (Value: $100)