Department Awards

The Department of English awards the Van Doren, Ledbetter, and Koa-Plumeria Literary Prizes annually. These prize opportunities available to all majors.

Mark Van Doren Prize for Poetry

The annual Mark Van Doren Poetry Prize ($1000) was first awarded in 1972. The prize became an endowed scholarship through the donations of poet Mark Van Doren’s sons, John and Charles Van Doren. Submit three to five poems for consideration.

Ledbetter Prize

The Ledbetter Prize ($500), made possible through the donation of Dr. Jack Ledbetter, is given annually to a Cal Lutheran student for the best written work in any genre: academic, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama.

Koa-Plumeria Prizes

The Koa-Plumeria Prizes (presented by John PM Dillon) includes a $500 prize for the best ENGLISH 111 Prose Composition and $500 for the best Morning Glory literary submission.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Deadline: March 27, 2016

  1. Submit all works to either Judy Roberts (jjroberts@callutheran.edu) or Randy Toland (toland@callutheran.edu). 
  2. When sending in submissions, be sure to send your information from a callutheran.edu email, and specify which prize you are competing for in the subject line.
  3. If you have any questions, please email englishda@callutheran.edu.
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