Writing Awards/Resources



Writing Awards/Resources

Carol Easley Denny Grant

The Carol Easley Denny Award supports projects that contribute to excellence in teaching, research and community service. Up to $20,000 in funds are available per year. One to four awards may be given annually, with a minimum award of $5,000. Applications are due in the fall with awarded funds available for use beginning the following fiscal year. Learn more »


Colleagues is a Community Newsletter edited by English faculty member Gay Herzberg with 4-6 issues a year. Writing is solicited from faculty and staff on a range of educational topics. Faculty and staff advisory board make selections and assist with editing. (Colleagues is associated with the Teaching Learning Network). Contact Gay Herzberg to get involved. Log in to learn more »

Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing

The Denny family established an endowment in honor of their mother, Eleanor McCahill Denny, to fund an annual St. Catherine's faculty/staff prize for distinction in writing. In recognition of the fundamental importance of writing to thinking and to all fields of scholarly endeavor, the family has named the prize for their mother who was greatly influenced by outstanding faculty during her years at St. Catherine. She attributed to those scholars her abiding love for books, for words, and for excellent writing.

Applications are due in early February and are available in the Fall.

2015-2016 Denny Prize Guidelines and Information


All part-time and full-time faculty and staff members who are employed at St. Catherine University in the year in which the prize is awarded are eligible for the competition.


There are two first-place prizes of $1,500 each in two categories. In addition, one to two submissions in each category may earn honorable mention. Award winners are recognized in a public reception in spring and will be invited to read selections from their prize-winning work.


Creative works (fiction, poetry, drama)

Non-fiction essays

Writers’ Week

Two week long (January and June) on campus retreats for faculty to work on writing/scholarship projects. Contact: Joanne Cavallaro and Cecilia Konchar Farr.