Undergraduate Writing Award Recipients 2017-2018

Cardinal Cushing Award

For the best fiction published in a BC undergraduate publication:

  • First Place: Julia Hopkins ‘19 “Untitled,” Stylus, Spring 2018

  • Second Place: Ivey Choi ‘19 “Gravity,” by Stylus, Fall 2017

  • Third place: Maria Conte ‘20 “Frankfurters on the Fourth of July,” Stylus, Fall 2017

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:

  • Gabriel McClary ‘18

Dever Award for Freshman Writing

For the best three essays by first year students in a Spring ‘17 or AY ‘17-18 English course:

  • Katherine Fraser ‘21, “On Cemeteries and their Inhabitants” (nominated by Brian Zimmerman)

  • Timothy Morrissey ‘20, “Crafting the Caribbean” (nominated by Rebekah Mitsein)

  • Eleanor Spizzuoco ‘21 “The Plex Pool” (nominated by Brian Zimmerman)

Kean Memorial Award

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

  • John Knowles, ‘18

Kelleher Award

For the best poetry published in a BC undergraduate publication:

  • First Place: Walker Halstad ‘18, "to the sailboat made of twigs," Stylus, Fall 2017

  • Second place: Madison Semarjian ‘19, "For Armenia," Stylus, Fall 2017

  • Third place: Kelsey Connors ‘18 "Orb Weaver," Stylus, Fall 2017

McCarthy Award

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

  • First Place: Matthew Barad ‘19

  • Second Place: Lauren Keeley ‘18

  • Third Place: Katherine Oksen ‘19

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

  • Diyang Jin ‘21, "Love and Freedom" (nominated by Katherine Kim)

John Randall Award

For the best undergraduate essay on American literature and culture, presented in honor and memory of author and BC Professor John Randall:

  • Winner: Maggie McQuade ‘20, "A Wonder Woman of the Nineteenth Century"

  • Honorable Mention: Julia Bogiages ‘18, "A Gem of Perfection"