The English Department's Van Doren, Ledbetter, and Koa-Plumeria Literary Prizes
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.
The Ledbetter Prize ($500), made possible through the donation of Dr. Jack Ledbetter, is given annually to a CLU student for the best written work in any genre.
The Koa-Plumeria Prizes (presented by John PM Dillon) includes a $500 prize for the best ENGLISH 111 Prose Composition and $500 for the Morning Glory's best creative piece.
2013 - Carrie Baarns, a junior English Major, won the Mark Van Doren Poetry Prize and Andrew Olson, a junior English Major, won the Ledbetter Prize for a second consecutive year.
2012 - Melanie Cornejo, a senior English Major, won the Mark Van Doren Poetry Prize for her poetry for the second year in a row!
Andrew Olson, a sophomore English Major, won the Ledbetter Prize for his play Like Birds Caught.
2011- Melanie Cornejo, a junior English Major won the Mark Van Doren Poetry prize for her poetry. Dawn Megli-Thuna won the Ledbetter Award.
2010 -Allison Wachtel, an English major, was awarded the Mark Van Doren Poetry Prize based on a selection of poems she submitted. Dr. Joan Wines read her poem "To the Academy" at the Honor's Convocation.
Shelby Morgan, another English major, receieved the Ledbetter Prize for Excellence in Writing for his critical paper "Sealing the Rift: Spirituality and Destruction in Chuck Palahniuk's Invisible Monsters."
2009 - Katherine Rose Bierach of Campbell and Allison Wachtel of Thousand Oaks received California Lutheran University’s top literary prizes during Honors Convocation on May 15.
English Department faculty awarded Bierach, an English major, the $1,000 Mark Van Doren Poetry Prize based on a selection of poems she had submitted. English professor Bruce Stevenson read one of her poems, “Sonnet of Autumn,” at the ceremony. Bierach also won the 2008 Van Doren award. Allison Wachtel, another English major, received the Ledbetter Prize for Excellence in Writing for a literary analysis titled “Reality, Mortality and Media: Finding Agency in Don DeLillo’s ‘White Noise.’”
2008 - Katie Bierach was awarded the Mark Van Doren Poetry Prize, and Brigette Stevenson was awarded the Ledbetter Prize for Excellence in Writing at California Lutheran University's Honors Day Convocation.
2007 -The Ledbetter Writing Prize was awarded to Emily Moffett, and the Mark Van Doren Prize was awarded to Lauren Coss at the CLU Honors Day Convocation on April 27. Coss, an English major from Maple Grove, Minn., was selected to receive the $1,000 award by faculty members of the English Department based on a selection of her poems. Her poem, “The Great Aunt,” was read during the ceremony. Moffett, of Simi Valley, was awarded the prize for her essay titled “Parallelism in the Modern Prometheus.”