Writing Awards

For more information on writing awards, contact the Director of Creative Writing, Prof. Frank X Walker.

Download the complete 2021 Awards Day Program here.
 
 

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.
 
          2021 Farquhar Award for Poetry Recipient:
          Nicole Stewart for "Pantoum of a Supernova," selected by Dorian Hairston, MFA alum in poetry
 
 

Dantzler Award for Prose

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.
 
          2021 Dantzler Award for Fiction Recipient:
          Jamie Moss for "Sweetpea," selected by Dr. John Duncan, MFA alum in fiction

          2021 Dantzler Award for Creative Nonfiction Recipient:
          Dan Collins for "Dear Dan," selected by Dr. Megan Pillow, co-editor of The Audacity
 
 

Nikky Finney Graduate Fellowship

This award honors an incoming or 2nd year MFA graduate student for outstanding academic performance.
 
          2021 Nikki Finney Graduate Fellowship Recipient:
          Shanita Jackson (2nd year)
          Isaiah Underwood (incoming)
 
 

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Awards

These awards honor an MFA student for outstanding academic performance.
 
          2021 MFA Award in Poety
          Jordan Honeyblue for "MT-DNA," selected by Dorian Hairston, MFA alum in poetry
 
          2021 MFA Award in Nonfiction
          Erika Simpson for "If You Ever Find Yourself,"  selected by Dr. Megan Pillow, co-editor of The Audacity
 
          2021 MFA Award in Fiction
          Sarah Jiang for "Panning for Gold," selected by Dr. John Duncan, MFA alum in fiction
 
 

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.
 
          2021 Betty Combs Owen Recruitment Scholarship Recipient:
          Lucy Jayes
 
 

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.
 

          2021 Undergraduate Award Recipient:
          Nia Doyley for "Contemporary black girl"
 
          2020 Graduate Award Recipient:
          Betsy Packard for "Bloody Harlan"

 

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