Department of Humanities

Annual Writing Contest

57th Annual Writing Contest—Virtual Edition 

Congratulations to the winners of the 57th Annual Illinois Tech Writing Contest! 

2022 winners represent the College of Architecture, College of Science and Letters, and the College of Computing. 

A virtual acknowledgment will be held from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on April 6, 2022.

EDWIN H. LEWIS PRIZE FOR NONFICTION 

1st: Jessica Burrell (Social and Economic Development Policy, 2nd year), “The Trump Administration’s Role in the Global Political Economy” 
2nd: Gemma Brizzolara (Architecture, 2nd year), “Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Cultural Imperialism” 
3rd: Christopher Hunter (Computer Science, 3rd year), “Food Origin- Yogurt” 

EDWIN H. LEWIS PRIZE FOR FICTION 

1st: Aleksander Myaris (Chemistry, 3rd year), “The Glenwood Trail Murder Mystery” 
2nd: Christian Boettger (Architecture, 4th year), "The Five Brothers of Halcyon" 
3rd: Tyler Zediker (Architecture, 3rd year), “Terror in the Woods” 

MOLLIE COHEN PRIZE FOR POETRY 

1st: Fionn Hui (Architecture, 1st year), “Desert Anastasis” 
2nd: Jessica Burrell (Social and Economic Development Policy, 2nd year), “Mirror” 
3rd: Sofia Martinez (Information Technology, 5th year), “Riverside: We’re Tourist Today” 

HENRY AND MYRNA KNEPLER FRESHMAN ESSAY PRIZE 

1st: Fionn Hui (Architecture, 1st year), “The Role of Chinatown’s Public Library” 
2nd: Claire Carter (Computer Science, 1st year), “Shot Out of the Sky” 
3rd: Saumya Sukhthankar (Architecture, 1st year), “Does the VSCO Girl Starter Pack include Sustainability”

PRIZES

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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.