Since the Nick Adams Short Story Contest began in 1973, our students have won more first place and finalist awards than those from any of the other colleges in the contest -- the 14 members of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
Named after a protagonist in several of Ernest Hemingway's stories, the competition involves three phases:
Judges have included Saul Bellow, Joyce Carol Oates, Maya Angelou, John Updike, Jane Smiley, Stuart Dybek and, in 2011, Binnie Kirshenbaum.
Below are charts of the cumulative totals for ACM member colleges and a year-by-year roster of our finalists and first prize winners.
Knox undergraduate writers have received distinguished fellowships from top graduate writing programs, including the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Stanford University, New York University, Brown University, and Indiana University. Our alumni have been winners of the American Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, as well as editors of Simon & Schuster, Doubleday, and various American university presses.
Nick Adams Short Story Competition 1973-2013
|School||First Prize Winners
|St. Olaf College||6||27|
|Lake Forest College||1||8|
|University of Chicago||1||8|
Knox College: Nick Adams Finalists and First Prize Winners
|2013||Julia Ohman||The Mangroves||F|
|2012||Kate Barrett||Fishes and Loaves||F|
|2012||Julia Ohman||When the Leaving is Done||F|
|2011||Adam Sirgany||Andrew at Eid||W|
|2011||Julia Ohman||The Zoo||F|
|2011||Sam Martone||Luggage Lost||F|
|2009||Adam Soto||A Collective Approach||F|
|2007||Sarah Jane Wylder||The Book of Indian Birds||F|
|2007||Kate Schlachter||Outside Johannesburg||F|
|2005||Al Keefe||The Mustelidae||F|
|2004||Maggie Queeney||The Deaf Hear Like This||F|
|2003||Ross Kelly||Templeton Appeared Stoic||W|
|2002||Eileen G’Sell||What You Can't Have||F|
|2002||David Karczynski||Still Lives||F|
|2001||Elaine Farrugia||At Auction: Items Offered by
Hannah Elise Montgomery
|2000||Jen Tynes||Our Hope||F|
|1999||Kimberly M. Pokin||Concessions||F|
|1998||Leah Chamberlain||Eleven year old, running||F|
|1997||Karen Schluckebier||Pigeons Blink||F|
|1996||Aaron Cohn||Chrystal's Room||W|
|1995||Josh Stevens||Looking for Swanny||W|
|1995||Josh Stevens||Keepin Em Out||F|
|1993||Josh Stevens||A Kiss on the Forehead||F|
|1989||Tracey L. Mitchell||The Life of Significant Soil||F|
|1989||Stacey L. Johnson||Masks||F|
|1987||Paul Andrew E. Smith||A Story Like Alice||F|
|1987||John Sjaastad||Hunting the Grey Owl||F|
|1984||Catherine T. Knisely||She Was Leaving||F|
|1982||Sheila McIntosh||Waiting for Michael||W|
|1982||Gail Faulds Nichols||Under the Ice||F|
|1982||Dixie Seagraves||Last Looks||F|
|1980||John Kowal||Swing Shift||F|
|1980||Anne Johnson||Sonia Rose||W|
|1978||Patricia Anglin||The Rocking Horse||F|
|1975||William R. Darmer||Pilgrims||F|
|1975||John Hughes||Running Away From Home||F|
|1974||Nora LeBlanc||Oratorio for Madame Bovary||F|
|1974||Barbara Nuhn||It’s All Over Now Except for the Beginning||F|
|1973||Judith Woll||Alleys: Summer, 1972||F|
|1973||John Hughes||The Magazine Section||F|
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Rana Tahir, a double major in creative writing and political science, wrote dozens of poems and created 29 paintings after interviewing Kuwaiti residents about the 1990 Iraqi occupation.
Knox College awarded more than $3,000 in prizes in the 2013 Al Young Art Show. Organizing 200 art works in an array of media is a challenge, according student Katie O'Connor, who helped arrange the entries.