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The Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction

Who is Annie Dillard? What is Creative Nonfiction?

Annie Dillard is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of nine books and is well known for her creative nonfiction. A creative nonfiction piece is a short work of prose written in first person and deals with a subject experienced by and important to the author. Creative nonfiction often includes descriptive language and a clear reflection on the significance of the experiences discussed in the essay. If you have more questions, speak with a member of the SCC English department faculty.

How do I submit something to be considered for the award?

Guidelines for submission

  • You should select a creative nonfiction piece based on an assignment you wrote for an English class at SCC. You can revise portions of the original work for the submission. Please do not submit a piece you wrote for another school or subject. Please do not submit a short story (fiction).
  • You should submit an unmarked, typed copy of the piece.  Your name should not appear anywhere in the text. Please double-space your writing and use a size 12 font.
  • On a separate cover sheet, include the following information:
    • The words “Annie Dillard Award Submission”
    • Title
    • Your name
    • Full address
    • Phone number
    • Email address
    • Name of professor and class
  • Submit the essay to your English professor. If you are not enrolled in an English course this semester, submit it to Aaron Proctor, HUM 203/English Department, St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville, MO 63376. The submission will not be returned.
  • The deadline for fall 2012 submission is Monday, December 10, 2012. The prize will be awarded in April 2012.

There is a separate award for an expository essay (argument, research or analysis paper) called the E.B. White Award.

What is the prize?

The winner of the Annie Dillard Award will receive…

  1. $100
  2. An invitation to the Student Awards Banquet held in April 2011, where the winner will be awarded a certificate

For more information contact Aaron Proctor at 636-922-8260 or aproctor@stchas.edu.

Contact Info

Aaron Proctor