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Dawn Powell Prize @ Lake Erie College| Painesville, OH

Lake Erie College Awards Students and Faculty for Dawn Powell Prize in Creative Writing

Lake Erie College hosted the third annual Dawn Powell Prize in Creative Writing through the month of October, 2020. The competition invited students at Lake Erie College to submit original poetry or short fiction, and this year saw the addition of a category for faculty and staff.

With over $350 in prizes, winners have been chosen in Student Poetry, Student Short Stories and Faculty Short Stories categories. In lieu of an in-person awards reception, the winners had a chance to record a reading of their submission to be shared with the campus community.


• Tim Messenger, senior English major – 1st place Student Poetry for “I Feel the Reaper” • Devon Timm, senior communications major – 2nd place Student Poetry for “The Decision” • Blake King, junior psychology and sports studies major from Sydney, Australia - 1st place Student Short Story for “Paralysed” • Mikayla Habina, junior fine arts and English major – 2nd place Student Short Story for “Miss Dalloway” • Stephen Gallas, adjunct English instructor – 1st place Faculty Short Story for “Relevant Experience” • Dr. Deborah Schulman, Professor of Biology – Faculty contributor with “STOP”

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.

Student Poetry

“I Feel the Reaper” by Tim Messenger

1st Place | Student Poetry

“The Decision” by Devon Timm

2nd Place | Student Poetry

Student Short Story

“Paralysed” by Blake King

1st Place | Student Short Story

“Miss Dalloway” by Mikayla Habina

2nd Place | Student Short Story

Faculty Contributors

"Relevant Experience" by Stephen Gallas

1st Place | Faculty Short Story Winner

"STOP" by Dr. Deborah Schulman

Faculty Contributor

Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs grounded in the liberal arts. We empower students to deal with the diversity, complexity and change necessary to excel in the 21st century. We offer 35 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, education and physician assistant studies. Our students compete in 17 NCAA Division II varsity sports and on three intercollegiate equestrian teams.