The English Department welcomes students to submit their work for a chance to earn a creative or scholarly writing award. Submissions for all competitions are now open to all Davidson students.

Student Awards

R. Windley Hall Writing Award
For excellence in creative or scholarly writing; submit work in either category (but not both). Open only to first-year students.

The Charles E. Lloyd Writing Award
For excellence in nonfiction prose, whether creative or scholarly; submit work in either category (but not both). Open only to sophomores, juniors or seniors with class standing.

Vereen Bell Memorial Award in Creative Writing
For excellence in creative writing. Multiple genres may be submitted within a single entry, so long as the page count does not exceed ten pages. Open only to sophomores, juniors or seniors with class standing.

Gibson Prize for Scholarly Writing 
Awarded to the best scholarly essay written by a Davidson student in any discipline in 2020-2021. The total page count may not exceed eight. If excerpted, say so. 

How To Submit Your Work

  1. All work must be double-spaced, and sent via email (as an attachment in Word) to Include your name, class and which contest you are entering.
  2. Students may submit work to all of the contests—there are no restrictions.
  3. All students submitting to these competitions must be available to attend a virtual awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday, April 15; for questions about this requirement, contact Professor Parker,
  4. All contests will be judged by eminent writers and scholars in the field.


The Cyborg Jillian Weise – Poetry

The Cyborg Jillian Weise is a poet, video artist and disability rights activist. Cy’s first book, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, was reissued in a 10th-anniversary edition with a new preface. The Book of Goodbyes won the 2013 Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 2013 Gardner Award from BOA Editions. Cy’s speculative novel, The Colony, features Charles Darwin, James Watson and Peter Singer. Cy’s fourth book, Cyborg Detective, won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Cy teaches at Clemson University.

Jeannine Capó Crucet – Fiction

Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, winner of the International Latino Book Award and cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, the Guardian, and the Miami Herald; and of How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Award and the John Gardner Book Prize. A Contributing Opinion Writer for The New York Times and a recipient of an O. Henry Prize, she is currently an associate professor at the University of Nebraska. Her essay collection, My Time Among the Whites, was published by Picador in September 2019.

Meredith Talusan – Creative Nonfiction

Meredith Talusan (she/they) is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Fairest and has contributed to many publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, WIRED, and Condé Nast Traveler. She is also founding executive editor and current contributing editor for them., Condé Nast's LGBTQ+ digital platform. They are currently working on a novel.

Alison Chapman – Scholarly

Alison Chapman is a proud alumna of Davidson College’s English Department. After getting her Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, she held teaching positions at Western Carolina University and Tulane University before coming to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she is currently Professor and Department Chair. She’s written three scholarly books (two of them on the works of John Milton) and many smaller works including an array of creative non-fiction essays. She credits her scholarly and writing accomplishments to the incisive tutelage of Prof. Cynthia Lewis.


  • Friday, March 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Award Prizes

  • $100 First Place
  • $50 Second Place
  • $25 Third Place