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.
1st - Ally Stapleton, "Gifts from My Father"
2nd - Sarah Holcomb, "Notes from an Indian Cot"
3rd - Giselle Gaytan, "Most This Amazing"
1st - Laura Howard, "In-Between the Rooster and the Dove"
2nd - Megan Kim, "The Way of Unifying Life Energy"
3rd - Rachel Hand, "La Vie Est Belle"
1st - Nat Lewis, "I Think We Will Be Very Happy Here"
2nd - Alexandra Rivera, "Nina"
3rd - Peter Biles, "Hillbilly Hymn"