Department of Humanities

Annual Writing Contest

2021 Writing Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 56th Annual Illinois Tech Writing Contest! 

The 2021 winners represent the Armour College of Engineering, College of Architecture, Lewis College of Science and Letters, and the College of Computing.

EDWIN H. LEWIS PRIZE FOR NONFICTION

1st: Bilal A. Khokhar (Chemical Biological Engineering , 3rd year), "Ikigai”

2nd: Jessica Burrell (Social and Economic Development Policy, 1st year), “An Examination of Globalization and Protectionism from the U.S. Perspective”

3rd: Anna Lawrence (Architecture, 5th year), “Miestakes”

EDWIN H. LEWIS PRIZE FOR FICTION

1st: Diana Velasquez (Biomedical Engineering, 4th year), “Tom's Soliloquy: One-Act Play”

2nd: Anna Lawrence (Architecture, 5th year), "Cookie"

3rd: Angela Petrone (Digital Humanities, 1st year), “Open-Heart Surgery”

MOLLIE COHEN PRIZE FOR POETRY

1st: Sofia Martinez (Information Technology & Management, 4th year), “Mille-feuille”

2nd: Anna Lawerence (Architecture, 5th year), “Robert”

3rd: Hannah Snyerburn (Aerospace Engineering, 3rd year), “Seasonal Nostalgia”

HENRY AND MYRNA KNEPLER FRESHMAN ESSAY PRIZE

1st: Jessica Burrell (Social and Economic Development Policy, 1st year), “South African Government Analysis”

2nd: Angela Petrone (Digital Humanities, 1st year), “Friendships and Social Media”

 

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prizes will be awarded as an Amazon e-gift card, which may be used only at Amazon and its merchants. 

PRIZES

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First

Second

Third

Edwin H. Lewis Prize for Fiction

$300

$200

$100

Edwin H. Lewis Prize for Nonfiction

$300

$200

$100

Henry and Myrna Knepler Freshman Essay Prize

$300

$200

$100

Mollie Cohen Prize for Poetry

$300

$200

$100

Edwin H. Lewis Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction

The prizes for fiction and nonfiction are named for Edwin H. Lewis, an English Professor at Lewis Institute, one of the forerunners of Illinois Tech, from 1895 until 1936. Among other classes, Lewis taught Shakespeare, and apparently looked somewhat like him, too. It is said that students would come to campus just for his lectures, often without even being enrolled.

Mollie S. Cohen Prize for Poetry

The poetry prize was established in 1965 by Illinois Tech English professor Mollie S. Cohen as she was retiring. Cohen was a native Chicagoan and attended Lewis Institute before doing graduate work at the University of Chicago and at Sorbonne in Paris. During her time as a professor at Illinois Tech, she worked closely with women students and international students.

Henry and Myrna Knepler Freshman Essay Prize

The prize for freshman essays honors the late Henry and Myrna Knepler, both former professors of English at Illinois Tech. Henry Knepler served as chair of the Department of Humanities for 16 years. Myrna Knepler was an alumna of Illinois Tech who received her doctorate in linguistics. The prize is funded by an endowment made by the Kneplers, both of whom were very committed to English as a Second Language instruction and to writing instruction.