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Panzarella Writing Awards


The Panzarella Undergraduate Writing Awards

The Patrick Panzarella Writing Awards are an annual celebration of excellence in student writing organized by the Department of English and generously supported by the Patrick Panzarella Endowment. The awards are open to all students.

The award categories and criteria are as follows:

  • Short Critical Writing: An essay or research paper written for an ENG course. Submitted papers must be 500–1750 words. Students may submit multiple papers; total submitted work may not exceed 1750 words.
  • Long Critical Writing: An essay or research paper written for an ENG course. Submitted papers must be 1751–4200 words. Students may submit multiple papers; total submitted work may not exceed 4200 words.
  • Fiction/Creative Non-Fiction: One or more pieces of prose written for an ENG course. Total submitted work may not exceed 3000 words.
  • Poetry: Three or more poems written for an ENG course. Total submitted work may not exceed 2000 words.
  • Digital Writing: Work produced for an ENG course using digital platforms and technologies other than word processing software: websites, slideshows, videos, podcasts, other digital platforms such as Twine, etc. Blog posts that mainly work as critical writing count toward the Short Critical Writing category.

All submissions should be saved as PDF documents with your last name and the name of the award category in the name of the file. For Digital Writing, you may submit another type of file or a web link. You may submit work for more than one category. Your submission email should note the class information (class, instructor, assignment) for which the work was originally submitted.

Send all entries and refer all questions to Dr. Matt King (Send an email) by Monday, April 4, 2022. Winners will be announced in early May.


2021–2022 Panzarella Writing Awards in English


Congratulations to these outstanding writers!

  • Short Critical Writing
    • 1st Prize: Isabelle Gaffney, “Social Media: Curse or Blessing?”
    • 2nd Prize: Sonal Mahindroo, “Should Retouched Images Be Banned?”
    • 3rd Prize: Mariah Carriero, “Social Media Analysis”
  • Long Critical Writing
    • 1st Prize: Ella Smith, “Indigenous Epidemic”
    • 2nd Prize: Brian Gleason, “Marijuana: An Illegality in Professional Sports”
    • 3rd Prize: Anna Snyder, “Surviving Diet Culture”
  • Fiction/Creative Nonfiction
    • 1st Prize: Nathan Dasilva, “Winter Night” and “Stray Dog Howl”
    • 2nd Prize: Brian Gleason, “To Worship From One’s Knees”
    • 3rd Prize: Tucker Reilly, “Flicker and Fade (or Vivo, Lorenzo!)”
  • Poetry
    • 1st Prize: Akim Hudson, “315,” “Avertir,” “Deep Sea Gigantism,” “I Reside on Both Sides of The Sun,” “Shrouds N Clouds,” and “Tempest”
    • 2nd Prize: Okikiola Michael, “it’s 1:36 am,” “sushi for my favorite strangers,” “stone and knob-headed metal,” and “20 mg of sleep”
    • 3rd Prize: Kristyn Johnson, “Poem 1,” “Yellow Tulips,” “art of loving you,” “Duplex,” “Let me come home,” “What I’m Like,” and “Hi darling, it’s your father calling”
  • Digital Writing
    • 1st Prize: Iris Archer, “Day in the Life of a Student-Athlete”
    • 2nd Prize: Hannah Roush, “Haikyuu!! Trailer”
    • 3rd Prize: Samantha Mallare, “Digitizing Buffalo Murals”