.R 15, 1959
TIRE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Hopwood Awards Encourage Creative Writing
By PETER STUART
ery Hopwood partially worked
way through the University,
oon thereafter his plays netted
over a million dollars.
th part of this he provided
student awards to encourage
bive writing at his alma mater.
his will, Hopwood, a member
e class of 1905, empowered the
nts to invest one-fifth of his
e and to distribute its annual
ne as prizes to University stu-
s "who perform the best cre-
work in the fields of dra-
c writing, fiction, poetry ,and
the essay." Recent awards have prize winners and judges has been
totalled about $12,000 per year. collected. Probably the best known
FourDivisions Hopwood winner was the- cele-
The prizes, known as The Avery brated playwright Arthur Miller,
Hopwood and Jule Hopwood who won a minor award in 1936-
Awards are usually presented in 37. '
four divisions: major awards, mi- Winner of the first contest was
nor awards, freshman awards and Betty Smith, who is now a leading
summer awards. Within the four novelist but who won her award
award divisions prizes are given in with dramatic writings. There is
any combination of four types of strong evidence that these early
writing: drama, essay, fiction and plays were preliminary sketches
poetry. The specific number of for her best-selling novel "A Tree
prizes varies from year to year. Grows in Brooklyn." Her latest
Since the first Hopwood contest publication is the popular "Mag-
in 1930-31, an imposing list of 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 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-
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
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
Poetry judges have included W.
H. Auden, Stephen Benet, Archi-
bald MacLeish, Edgar Lee Masters,
Dorothy Parker and Mark Van
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