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15, 1959 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
UDENT ENTRIES:

.opwood Awards Encourage Creative Writing

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STUART

ood partially worked
ugh the University,
after his plays netted
illion dollars.

the essay." Recent awards
totalled about $12,000 per
Four Divisions

have
year.

rt of this he provided
awards to encouragey
iting at his alma mater.*j
11, Hopwood, a member
of 1905, empowered the
invest one-fifth of his
to distribute its annual'
rizes to University stu-
perform the best cre-
in the fields of dra-
ng, fiction, poetry ,and.

The prizes, known as The Avery
Hopwood and Jule Hopwood
Awards are usually presented in
four divisions: major awards, mi-
nor awards, freshmai awards and
summer awards. Within the four
award divisions prizes are given in
any combination of four types of
writing: drama, essay, fiction and
poetry. The specific number of
prizes varies from year to year.
Since the. first Hopwood contest
in 1930-31, an imposing list of

prize winners and judges has been
collected. Probably the best known
Hopwood winner was the cele-
brated playwright Arthur Miller,
who won a minor award in 1936-
37.
Winner of the first contest was
Betty Smith, who is now a leading
novelist but who won her award
with dramatic writings. There is
strong evidence that these early
plays were preliminary sketches
for her best-selling novel "A Tree
Grows in Brooklyn." Her latest
publication is the popular "Mag-
gie-Now."

Mildred Walker, Hopwood win-
ner in 1933, has since written sev-
eral novels. Harvey Swados, who
received an award in 1937, is the
most recent Hopwood winner to
publish. in addition, Swados was
named a judge for this year's com-
petition. The noted poet John
Ciardi captured top poetry honors
in 1939.
In 1940 Maretta Wolff won a
Hopwood fiction award, and her
prize-winning 'novel, "Whistle-
Stop," was soon published. Glen-.
don Swarthout, author of the nov-
el "They Came to Cordura" which

was produced as a motion picture,
copped a fiction prize in 1948.
Last year's Hopwood winner,
Mary Owen Rank, has already
published her contest novel, "A
Dream of Falling." A total of
more than 50 Hopwood manu-
scripts have appeared in publica-
tion.
Famed Judge
In addition to such notable prize
winners, the Hopwood awards
boast a multitude of distinguished
judges. Those who have served in
the essay division include James
Truslow Adams, John Erskine,

Harlan Hatcher, H. L. Mencken,
Christopher Morely and Carl Van
Doren.
Well-known judges of Hopwood
fiction have been: Taylor Cald-
well, Bernard DeVoto, Walter D.
Edmonds, Clifton Fadiman, Gran-
ville Hicks, Sinclair Lewis, John
P. Marquand, Marjorie K. Raw-
lings, Agnes S. Trunbull and
Thornton Wilder.
Poetry judges have included W.
H. Auden, Stephen Benet, Archi-
bald MacLeish, Edgar Lee Masters,
Dorothy Parker and Mark Van
Doren.

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