Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing

This award was established by Mr. B. Franklin Shostack and Dr. Zane Cohen in memory of the late Lillian Kroll, and is awarded by the Department of English and Writing Studies. 

The prize of $375 is awarded competitively to an undergraduate student (any faculty or program including students at the affiliated colleges) who exhibits a developing talent for 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)”

Contest Rules

  1. Entries must be submitted by Monday, February 1, 2021.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Do not include any personally identifiable information on the work itself.
  6. Entries must be submitted by email in PDF format to: uenglish@uwo.ca.
  7. The winning entry will be named by April of 2021.
  8. The winner will be notified by email.
  9. The results will be posted on the Department of English and Writing Studies website and social media channels.

Printable version Lillian Kroll contest guidelines

Inquiries

Shelli Hunter | uenglish@uwo.ca

PAST WINNERS

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
1996 Jillian Horton
1992 Lou D'Sousa "Taking Care"