Awards Reception for Dawn Powell Prize in Creative Writing to take place April 20


This spring, Lake Erie College launched the inaugural Dawn Powell Prize in Creative Writing, a competition geared toward students enrolled at LEC, greater Cleveland high schools, and area community colleges. More than 40 students took part and submitted original works of poetry or fiction in hopes of winning recognition in one of several categories.

The competition's winners and runners-up will be honored at an Awards Reception on Thursday, April 20 where over $400 in prizes will be awarded. The reception, which is open to all, will take place at 5:00 p.m. in Coe Conference Room in the Arthur S. Holden Center and will feature student readings and light refreshments. 

The award’s namesake, author Dawn Powell, attended Lake Erie College from 1914-1918 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. During her time at Lake Erie, Powell edited and wrote for the College’s literary publication and was active in theater. By the time of her death in 1965, she had written 16 novels, nine plays and numerous short stories, and was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Lake Erie College in 1960. Powell was also posthumously inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame.

The Dawn Powell Prize in Creative Writing was coordinated by Dr. Adam Stier, assistant professor of English in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, who would like to see writing opportunities like this competition expand at LEC in the future.

"This is the inaugural year for the Dawn Powell Prize in Creative Writing, and so far I’ve been thrilled to see the level of response from our faculty and, especially, from our student contributors," he said.  "There’s a lot of creative energy on this campus, and it deserves recognition. The Awards Reception on April 20 is a wonderful opportunity to honor Lake Erie College’s rich literary history—namely in the work of Dawn Powell—and, even more importantly, to celebrate the outstanding fiction and poetry being written by current Lake Erie College students and other aspiring writers in our local community."  

No RSVP is required to attend the Awards Reception for the Dawn Powell Prize in Creative Writing. For more information, contact Dr. Stier at

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