The Monmouth College English Department offers a number of prizes to reward
exceptional students during the academic year.
- The Lloyd C. and Dorothy Arthur Prize in Expository Writing
established in 1996 to honor the memory of Lloyd C. Arthur 1918-1996,
a member of the Monmouth College Class of 1939 and a former Monmouth
postmaster who was active in the Presbyterian Church and several
community organizations. It is presented annually to a Monmouth College
student for excellence in expository or argumentative prose in class
Past Award Recipients: Deanna Southerd, 2015; Stevie Croisant, 2014; Sarah Zaubi, 2013; Wesley Teal, 2011; Noelle
Templeton, 2010; Allison Bates, 2009; Meryem Zaman, 2005; Lindsey Markel,
Betsy Mahrt, 2003 and 2002.
- The Eva Cleland Book Award was first presented in 1978 to honor
Professor Eva Hanna Cleland 1895-1991, a native of Canada who taught
English at Monmouth College from 1923 until her retirement in 1966, and
who is credited with modernizing the department by introducing the study
of creative writing along with modern poetry and prose. The award is
presented annually to an English major for outstanding work in English
Past Award Recipients: Sara Stalter, 2015; Jessica Bybee, 2014; Chase Mowery, 2013; Leanna Waldron, 2012; Ashley
Musser, 2011; Daniel Weber, 2010; Raleigh Moon, 2009;
Allison Bates, 2008; Michael Seufert, 2007; Kelly Winfrey,
2006; Karen Krautwurst, 2005;
Betsy Mahrt, 2004; Nichole Olson, 2003 and 2002.
- The Rosanna Webster Graham Prize in Creative Writing was established
in 1987 to honor the memory of Rosanna Webster Graham 1906-1985, a
1928 Monmouth College graduate with a lifelong interest in the creative
arts. A founding member of the college’s Crimson Masque dramatic
society, she later became an accomplished artist and short story writer.
The prize is awarded each year for the best example of student creative
writing, in the form of a one-act play, short story or poetry.
Past Award Recipients: Marilyn De Jesus and Rachel
Witzig, 2015; Allison Razo and Will
Terrill, 2014; Ben Eaton and David Nieman,
2013; Jackie Deskovich, 2012; Ryan
Bronaugh (1st place), Alex Kane and Brandon Groom (2nd
place), 2011; Wesley Teal, 2010; Kyle Christensen, 2009;
Jeremy Doze, 2008; Jamie Calder, Tom Nagawiecki, and
Michael Seufert, 2007; Marisa Kratochvil and Michael
Seufert, 2006; David Martinez, 2005; Laura Haumiller and
Ryan Sumner, 2004; Betsy Mahrt and Beth Blafka, 2002.
- The Adele Kennedy Book Award
was first awarded in 1979 to honor
Professor Adele Kennedy 1907-1987, who retired from the English
Department in 1977 after 31 years of service. Known affectionately as
“Mom” to her students, she touched hundreds of lives with her creative
teaching style, bringing the written word to life. The award is
presented annually to an English major for outstanding work in American
Past Award Recipients: Kathleen Brown, 2015; Coleman Reed, 2014; David Nieman, 2013; Alexander Nall, 2012; Tiffany
Lefler, 2011; Wesley Teal, 2010; Maddie Ethington, 2009
and 2008; Shannon Slee, 2007; Amanda Benham, 2006; Talitha
Karen Krautwurst, 2004; Autumn McGee, 2003 and 2002.
- The William B. McKinley Prizes in English were endowed in 1925 by
Senator William Brown McKinley of Illinois 1856-1926. A trustee of the
University of Illinois and a philanthropist, he awarded the prizes to
encourage individual study and research in advanced work in English.
Past Award Recipients: Amanda Bridge, 2015; Tiffany Adams, 2014; Sarah Zaubi, 2013; Alex Holt and Wesley Teal,
2012; Mary Grzenia and Alex Kane, 2011; Tiffany Lefler,
2010; Anne Stone, 2009; Luke Gorham, 2008; Shannon Slee,
2007;Todd Franks and Shannon Hess, 2006;
Lindsay Markel and Jarred Mauck, 2005;
Ryan Schrodt and Shannon Kloser, 2004; Rebekah Danaher
and Shannon Kloser, 2003; Rebekah Danaher and Shannon
- The Philip J. Wheeler Memorial Prize in Literature
in 1997 in memory of Philip J. Wheeler 1926-1997. A 1950 Monmouth
College graduate with a degree in business administration, he was a
former Monmouth bookstore owner, a supporter of the Warren County
Library and an avid reader. It is awarded annually to an English major
with a strong interest in literature.
Past Award Recipients: Marian Hjelmgren, Jade Luthy,
and Kalin McKean, 2015; Marian Hjelmgren, Chase
Mowery, and Will Terrill, 2014; Will Terrill, 2013; Jackie Deskovich and Mary
Grzenia, 2012; Alex Holt, 2011; Laura Dumont, 2010;
Allison Bates and Maddie Ethington, 2009; Laura Dumont,
2008; Shannon Slee, 2007; Karen Krautwurst, 2006; Kat
Neilson and Karen Krautwurst, 2005;
Kat Neilson and Rebekah Danaher, 2004.
- In addition, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest offers a yearly,
nationally-recognized Nick Adams
Short Story Contest. Monmouth College has had several finalists over
the last decade, including Lisa M. Bennett who won the prize in 1997 with "Dead
The Department of English
is pleased to welcome Professor Kasia
Bartoszynska, who is teaching 19th century
literature and British Literature II!