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.
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.
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.
Sigmar Schwarz Prize
The Sigmar Schwarz Prize ($100) was first awarded in 2017 and is given to the student with the best submission for a literary criticism paper.
Submission Deadline: April 2, 2017
- Submit all works to either Judy Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Randy Toland (email@example.com).
- 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.
- If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Van Doren Poetry Prize - Imanya Supancic
Ledbetter Prize - Kayla Gibfried
Koa Prize - Julia Garcia
Plumeria Prize - Cassandra Jarin
Sigmar Schwarz Prize - Henry Studebaker