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.

Warmest congratulations to Gabrielle Drolet who has been awarded the 2020 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing for her submission “In Conversation with Emily Dickinson: Two Poems”. Honorable Mentions were also awarded to Liam Blackley for "The House Guest" and Amy White for "Stone". We wish them all the best with their writing in the future!

Thank you to Professors Aaron Schneider and James Purkis who acted as the panel of judges this year.

Contest opens Monday, January 4, 2021

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 (tba) Lillian Kroll contest guidelines

Inquiries

Shelli Hunter | uenglish@uwo.ca

PAST WINNERS

Year First prize Title Honourable Mention Title Adjudicators
2019 Elizabeth Sak "Room for Rent" Madeleine Ghesquiere & Gabrielle Drolet "The Stories We Tell" & "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"