Writing Awards

For more information on writing awards, contact the Director of Creative Writing, Prof. Hannah Pittard.
 
 
Farquhar Award for Poetry
The Farquhar Award for Poetry was established in 1953 by the faculty of the University of Kentucky English Department, in honor of Professor Edward F. Farquhar.  Dr. Farquhar was a professor in the department for 44 years, and served as chair of the department for 32 years.  This award, given in his honor, recognizes outstanding undergraduate poetry.
 
2019 Farquhar Award for Poetry Recipient:
Taylon Baker
 
 
 
Dantzler Award for Fiction
The Dantzler Award for Fiction was established in 1953 by the faculty of the University of Kentucky English Department, in honor of Professor Lehre Livingston Dantzler.  Dr. Dantzler was a long-time professor in the English department.  He joined the department in 1912 as an associate professor, became head of the department in 1915, and served as a professor and department head until his retirement in 1947.  This award, given in his honor, recognizes outstanding undergraduate fiction.
 
2019 Dantzler Award for Fiction Recipient:
Haley Powell
 
 
 
Nikky Finney Graduate Fellowship
This award honors an incoming or 2nd year MFA graduate student for outstanding academic performance.
 
2019 Nikki Finney Graduate Fellowship Recipient:
makalani bandele
 
 
 
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Awards
These awards honor an MFA student for outstanding academic performance.
 
2019 MFA Award in Poety
Jeremy Flick
 
2019 MFA Award in Nonfiction
Suzanne Fernandez Gray
 
2019 MFA Award in Fiction
Zeke Perkins
 
 
 
Betty Combs Owen Recruitment Scholarship
The Betty Combs Owen Recruitment Scholarship was established in 2014 by Mr. Larry Owen, in memory of his wife, Betty Combs Owen.  Mrs. Owen earned a BA in English and Education at UK, graduating in 1957.  She served as Senior Policy Advisor to North Carolina Governor James B Hunt Jr., where she was directly responsible for policy matters involving education and human resources, and Chief of Staff for the National Task Force on Education.
 
2019 Betty Combs Owen Recruitment Scholarship Recipient:
Erika Simpson
 
 
 
UK Libraries Poetry Broadside Contest
This award celebrate excellence in student poetry at the undergraduate and graduate leve. Recipients have their winning poem made into a run of 50 handmade broadsides by the King Library Press.
 

2019 Undergraduate Award Recipient:
Victoria Cruz-Falk

2019 Graduate Award Recipient:
John Larson

 

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