Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing
Congratulations 2021 Recipient - Carly Pews, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
“Reflections: A Conversation”
“Reflections: A Conversation,” is an excellent short story. The strengths of this piece include the spareness of the expression, or what some would call the tact of omission, which allows the writer to reveal the story gradually. As a reader, I found myself immediately engaged with this short narrative, wondering what were the events that led to this moment. Eschewing any clunky exposition, the writer depicts the relationship between the two main characters with economy and eloquence. Important formal elements, such as dialogue tags, are neatly handled and accomplished. As well as this fine restraint, the writer also offers lucid and memorable imagery, for example, in the distorted image Quinn sees of herself and then of Nathan reflected in her spoon. Succinct, telling details reveal information about the character of Nathan: for instance, “He glanced at the counter, at the waitress. He was always looking around for other people”; and “Nathan was efficiently regretful when he spoke.” The sensitive subject matter of a miscarriage is handled with honesty and without sentimentality. This is a very fine story that shows outstanding potential in its young author. -- Professors Aaron Schneider and Jo Devereux, Adjudicators
Congratulations to Hafsah Jasat, Faculty of Arts & Humanities who was awarded an Honourable Mention for “Migraine Attack (Pain) and Breathe in, Breath out (Depression)”
- Entries must be submitted by Monday, February 1, 2021.
- Participants must submit one entry per person, of either prose, fiction, poetry or drama which will be adjudicated on the basis of the quality of the writing submitted, not its quantity.
- You should submit work that has not hitherto been published or won an award in any other competition. One of the following would be a suitable submission:
- a poem, or a brief series of linked poems
- a one-act play, or scenes from a longer work
- a short story or novella, or selections from a longer work of fiction
- Submissions must include a separate cover page with the following information:
- your name
- student number
- email address
- permanent mailing address
- telephone number
- contest name: Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing
- Do not include any personally identifiable information on the work itself.
- Entries must be submitted by email in PDF format to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The winning entry will be named by April of 2021.
- The winner will be notified by email.
- The results will be posted on the Department of English and Writing Studies website and social media channels.
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|Year||First prize||Title||Honourable Mention||Title||Adjudicators|
|2020||Gabrielle Drolet||“In Conversation with Emily Dickinson: Two Poems”||Liam Blackley and Amy White||"The House Guest" and "Stone"||Professors Aaron Schneider and James Purkis|
|2019||Elizabeth Sak||"Room for Rent"||Madeleine Ghesquiere and Gabrielle Drolet||"The Stories We Tell" and "Grass"||Professors Jamie Johnston and Aaron Schneider|
|2018||Camille Intson||"Marty and Joel and the Edge of Chaos"||Professors Michael Fox and Jamie Johnston|
|2017||Jasmeen Anjali Siddiqui||“Yelling All the Way to Hell”||Professors Michael Fox and Jamie Johnston|
|2016||Erica McKeen||"Our Eyes, Our Tongue"||Professors Alison Conway and Kathleen Fraser|
|2015||Amy Wang||"Reverse Migration"||Professors Larry Garber and Manina Jones|
|2014||Robert Norsworthy||"Trial and Vegetation"||Professors Larry Garber and Allan Pero|
|2013||Alexander Martin||"Xylophagia"||Professors Larry Garber and Allan Pero|
|2012||Erin Lamotte||Selected Poems||Professors Larry Garber and Allan Pero|
|2011||John Vincent||"House of Broken Mirrors||Professors Larry Garber and Allan Pero|
|2010||Mark MacKichan||"The Social Scenes of Lonely Folks"||Professors Larry Garber and Allan Pero|
|2009||Elizabeth Blackall||"Mermaid in the Moon"||Professors Larry Garber and Allan Pero|
|2008||Grace Vermeer||"Genesis: Three Poems"||Professors Larry Garber and Manina Jones|
|2007||Meghan Adams||"Knot Theory"||Professor Larry Garber and Joan Barfoot, Writer-in-Residence|
|Deirdra Wadden||"The Ferry Passage"||Professor Larry Garber and Joan Barfoot, Writer-in-Residence|
|2006||Andrew MacDonald||"Ink"||Professors Larry Garber and Allan Pero|
|2005||Asher Ghaffar||"Home is Multilateral"||Professor Larry Garber and Lola Tostevin, Writer-in-Residence|
|2002||Lianne Todorovic||"The Hydra Chronicles"||Professor Larry Garber and Jan Horner, Writer-in-Residence|
|2001||Kat Evans||"DEADDOSPEAK"||Professors Larry Garber and Manina Jones|
|1992||Lou D'Sousa||"Taking Care"|