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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.

2019 Winners:

Creative Non-Fiction

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"