Award Recipients

Cardinal Cushing Award

For the best fiction published in a Boston College undergraduate publication:

  • First Place: Catherine Malcynsky ‘17, "The Anatomy of Todd Melkin,"
    The Medical Humanities Journal of Boston College, Fall 2016
  • Second Place: Nicholas Bloechl ‘17, "Patchwork the Worm," Stylus,
    Spring 2017
  • Third Place: Katerina Ivanov ‘17, "Blood Pact," Stylus, Fall 2016

Dever Fellowship

A substantial grant presented in honor of novelist and BC alumnus Joseph Dever, to a graduating senior who proposes to pursue a career in writing:

  • Naphisa Senanarong ‘17

Dever Award for Freshman Writing

For the best essay written by a freshman in any English course:

Best Narrative Essay:

  • Julia Nascimben ‘19, "A Dash of Salt" (nominated by Stephen Shane)

Best Journalistic/Argumentative Essay:

  • Hannah Petry ‘20, "A Dose of Reality" (nominated by Brian Zimmerman)

Best Textual Analysis Essay:

  • Emma Riemer ‘20, "Waste to Potatoes" (nominated by Beth Kowaleski Wallace)

English Language Learner Essay Award

For the best essay by a freshman English Language Learner written for an ELL section of First Year Writing Seminar or Literature Core

  • Bella Jiawei Peng ‘20, "Wearing My Mao Ku" (nominated by Hannah Griggs)

Kean Memorial Award

To the graduating senior judged to be the outstanding English major:

  • Ross Tetzloff ‘17

Kelleher Award

For the best poetry published in a BC undergraduate publication:

  • First Place: Gabriel McClary ‘18, Untitled ("Dad, the bus rolls by without stopping for me"), Stylus, Fall 2016
  • Second Place: Catherine Malcynsky ‘17, "Note to Self," Stylus, Spring 2017 & Laughing Medusa, 2017
  • Third Place: Robert Grote ‘17, "Meditation for Modernity," Stylus, Fall 2016

McCarthy Award

For the best collection of pieces of creative writing by a junior or senior:

  • First Place: Naphisa Senanarong ‘17
  • Second Place: Andrea Fitzgerald ‘17
  • Third Place: Katerina Ivanov ‘17

John Randall Award

A gift of books presented in honor and memory of author and BC Professor John Randall to the undergraduate writer of the best essay on American literature and culture:

  • Hannah Oppermann ‘17, "UT Tower: Triggering Memories of Victory and Violence"
  • Honorable Mention: Carly Barnhardt ‘17, “Lock and Key: History and the Melancholic in Tillie Olsen’s ‘I Stand Here Ironing’”