The Charles C. Dawe Memorial Award -Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

The Charles C. Dawe Memorial Award

The Charles C. Dawe Memorial Award provides a $2,000 grant to pay for production costs  associated with the creation of an innovative print or electronic publication. The goal of the award is to encourage new ideas and provide recipients the opportunity to produce an actual publication to launch their writing careers. Winners of the award can work alone or as part of a team, but at least one students must be a junior majoring in the English department at the time of the application.  Award winners are announced in spring, and projects are completed the following year under the supervision of a faculty member.  The award is made possible through a grant from a generous grandparent of a Professional Writing alumna to encourage students who want to pursue careers in journalism, creative, professional, or technical writing.

Applications for the 2014 Dawe Award are due Friday, April 4 by 4:30 pm in the English Dept, Baker Hall 259.

Click here for more information about the application requirements and process.

Past Winners

Recent winners of the Charles C. Dawe Memorial Award include:

2011: Inez Pujos for "Print-Oriented Bastards: A Literary Journal" and Ila Foley, Lauren Hirata, and Rebecca Chen for "ARETE: A Publication for Women of the Panhellenic Council"

"Print-Oriented Bastards" is an independent press project that presents a high-quality, biannual print journal focusing on the work of new and emerging writers. Additionally, the project aims to build community among emerging writers. "ARETE: A Publication for Women of the Panhellenic Council," is an internet magazine bringing a range of relevant news—on social issues, health, campus and alumni events, and lifestyle issues—to sorority women on campus as well as to the broader community of women at Carnegie Mellon.

2008: Elizabeth Barsotti for "Mint"

"Mint" is a trading card/literary journal hybrid that is designed to encourage people not ordinarily involved with poetry or traditional literary magazines. The idea is to encourage the display, collecting, and trading of poems by both recognized poets and the local community.

2007: Kristen Lukiewski and Reina Takahashi for "Thirty-Four Kites"

For "Thirty-Four Kites," Kristen and Reina solicited and published a collection of writing and art from men on Pennsylvania's death row. The work includes a series of postcards featuring art by the inmates and designed to encourage readers to respond to their work.

2006: Tria Chang, Margaret Szeto, and Shuo He for "Big Straw"

This project was a proposal for a magazine to educate, increase awareness, and demonstrate the complexity of the culture of Asian Pacific Americans.