Student Literary Prizes
First place: American Academy of Poets - Virginia Beall Ball Prize $300
Virginia Beall Ball (BA, 1940), a generous philanthropist and patron of the arts, founded the Beall Poetry Festival in 1994 to encourage the writing and appreciation of poetry. Ball also endowed the Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities at Baylor in 1982. She received honorary doctorates from Baylor and three other universities in recognition of her dedication to the arts and humanities. She died in 2003.
Second place: Poetry in the Arts - Dr. Robert G. Collmer Prize $200
Dr. Robert G. Collmer (1926-2018) was Distinguished Professor of English at Baylor. He served as chair of the Department of English from 1973 to 1979 and as dean of graduate studies from 1979 to 1992. He received a BA in English from Baylor in 1948, an MA in English from Baylor in 1949, and a PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953. He was a widely published scholar, specializing in English literature of the seventeenth century, particularly John Donne and John Bunyan, as well as the South American writer Jorge Luis Borges.
Third place: Poetry in the Arts - Dr. Jesse T. Airaudi Prize $200
The Dr. Jesse T. Airaudi Prize is named for a department member who was instrumental in organizing House of Poetry events on the eve of the Beall Poetry Festival. He served the department from 1976 to 2014. Dr. Airaudi's love of the word, his quick wit, stunning word play, and passion for the poetry of Byron and Yeats, particularly, are remembered fondly.
Fourth Place: The House of Poetry Prize $100
This prize is named for a spring event gives voice to local and regional poets who enjoy reading their poetry and talking about the craft. House of Poetry participants read from a booklet of poems submitted in advance; activities include informal discussions of poetry during breaks and two one-hour workshops given by guest presenters and focus on techniques for writing poetry. Presenters are recognized poets from the region and have included Texas poet laureates.
First Place: Dorothy Scarborough Prize $300
Second Place: Dorothy Scarborough Prize $200
Dorothy Scarborough (1873-1935) earned both a B.A. (1896) and an M.A. (1899) in English from Baylor University. She taught several courses in Baylor's Department of English while also taking classes towards a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. She eventually earned a Ph.D. in 1917 from Columbia University, where she began teaching courses and became an associate professor by 1931. A prolific author, Scarborough published novels (including The Wind in 1925), collections of poetry and folk songs, literary monographs, and short stories during her career.
Poetry and Fiction
Poetry in the Arts - Dr. James E. Barcus Prize $200
This award is named in honor of the late Dr. James E. Barcus, a 37-year faculty member at Baylor, chair of English from 1980 to 1996, and graduate program director from 2010 to 2015. Through his deep and abiding appreciation of poetry, Dr. Barcus indelibly touched the lives of innumerable students.
Fiction - Dorothy Scarborough Prize $200