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The August Derleth Prize

The Society has created a permanent endowment in the University of Wisconsin Foundation that funds an annual August Derleth Prize presented to the most talented writers among the graduate students in the English Department at the University .

 

What is poetry? What is fiction? What is creative nonfiction?

Let our students show us the possible answers!

 

Please publicize the 2007 UW Colleges August Derleth Creative Writing ContestAs luck would have it, the submission deadline is Friday, April 13th.  Forward, share, post, and pass the flyer.

Sincerely,

Deborah Bernhardt, Joel Friederich, Bill Gillard, Richard Krupnow, and Alayne Peterson (2007 UW Colleges August Derleth Prize Committee)

 

August Derleth published roughly 150 books in a variety of genres during his lifetimeónovels, short stories, poems, biographies, essays.  Maxwell Perkins of Scribners was his editor for about a decade.  Shortly after his death in 1971, admirers of his work, many of them professional writers (Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Studs Terkel, Norbert Blei) formed the August Derleth Society to promote the reading of his works.  In the 1980s, the Derleth Society endowed a prize on the UW Madison campus for graduate students in the English Department.  In the early 1990s, UW Madison medical physics professor Herb Attix came up with the idea of extending the prize to the UW Colleges.  The Derleth Society Board approved an annual $250 prize which members of the English Department administer.

 

Submission Guidelines

The Derleth Prize is awarded to the student who has submitted the strongest body of work. Past recipients are below:

2000  Linda Christopherson of UW Rock
Honorable Mentions: Sarajane Lieble of UW Marathon and Kimm Schaat of UW Manitowoc
2001  Co-winners Kristopher Kono of UW Manitowoc and Therese Heckenkamp of UW Waukesha
Honorable Mentions:  Landie Van Haren of UW Manitowoc and Dora J. Simpson of UW Sheboygan
2002  Stacy Bogan of UW-Fox
Honorable Mentions: Scott Carlson of UW Fox, Crystal Schroeder of UW Sheboygan,
and Rebecca Haasch of UW Richland
2003 Scott Carlson of UW Fox
Honorable Mentions: Lea Larson of UW Baraboo and Emilie Lindemann of UW Manitowoc
2004 Anoush Greylord of UW Fond du Lac
2005 Jennifer Stevens of UW Waukesha
2006 Jennifer Mimier of UW Waukesha for the short story "No Good Deed..."
2007 Ryan Heraly of UW-Fox Valley

The August Derleth Prize

The Society has created a permanent endowment in the University of Wisconsin Foundation that funds an annual August Derleth Prize presented to the most talented writers among the graduate students in the English Department at the University .

Past winners include:

1986:Doyle Wesley Walls, Twenty Poems

1987:Kirsten Wasson, Eighteen Poems

1988:(Not Recorded)

1989:Jerry Mirskin, Retreating Through These Grounds: A Collection of Poetry

1990:Sylvan Esh, A Collection of Poems

1991:Philip Gould, The Beauty of the Game of Baseball: Fiction

1992:Allison M. Cummings, Poetry

1993:Mara Scanlon, A Collection of Original Poetry

1994:Anne-Marie Cusac, Toward Home: Poems of the Midwest

1995:Amy Feinstein, Poetry

1996:Rebecca Holden, A Collection of Poems

1997:David Charbonneau, Rule of Thumb: A Collection of Poems

1998:Jesse Wolf, A Collection of Poems

1999:Katherine Adams, Circular Breathing