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Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing Contest

Details of the Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing Contest

The Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing Contest awards student writers for outstanding poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing contest was born out of a generous alumni’s desire to promote creative writing at Wheaton long before our English: Writing Concentration major.

Each spring a panel of literature and writing professors select a group of finalists. An outside judge selects the winner. In past years, our judges have included Marie Howe, Erin McGraw, Scott Cairns, Gina Oschner, Leslie Leyland Fields, Tom Montgomery-Fate, Bruce Guernsey  and Susanna Childress.  Finalists of the contest have the opportunity to meet with the contest judge for a master class. The Awards Night honors the winning writers and includes a reading by the contest judge. All are welcome to attend the Awards Night.

2020 Lowell-Grabill Creative Writing Contest Winners:

Creative Non-Fiction

1st - Cassidy Keenan

2nd - Ally Stapleton

3rd - Caleb Ingegneri


1st - Alexandra Rivera

2nd - Nat Lewis

3rd - Kara Barlow


1st - Meredith Showler

2nd - Charles Hermesmann

3rd - Mary Fischer