University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The University of Wisconsin Collection

Page View

Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 63, Number 8 (Dec. 1961)

Student writing--a survey,   p. 11


Page 11


Student Writing
- A Survey
                  The establishment of the George B. Hill fund described
below stimu-
              lated us to make an investigation into the many publications
which are avail-
              able to students at the University. We discovered that, today,
literary and
              journalistic activity on the campus is being carried on at
a vigorous pace.
                  The University of Wisconsin has a tradition of being a
particularly favor-
              able spawning ground for distinguished literary artists and
journalists. Such
              names as: Mark Schorer, Eudora Welty, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,
Zona
              Gale, Dorothy James Roberts, Horace Gregory, Howard Mumford
Jones,
              Howard Teichmann, Maurice Zolotow, Leslie Fiedler, Philo Buck,
William
              Ellery Leonard, Louis P. Lochner, Elizabeth Corbett, Emily
Hahn, Bill Ball-
              inger, Robert Shaplen, Herbert Kubly, R. W. Stallman, Delmore
Schwartz,
              Walter O'Meara, Richard Schickel, Marya Zaturenska, Marquis
Childs, and
              many others, help support that claim.
                  On the following pages, we have gathered together a section
describing the
              various outlets available to the Wisconsin student who wishes
to see his name
              and ideas in print. It it our hope that from the pages of these
journals and
              through the various creative writing awards will come new names
to add to the
              already impressive list of Wisconsin authors and journalists.
Creative Writing Award
T O HONOR the memory of his
   friend and classmate George Brad-
bury Hill, '09, Theodore Stempfel, also
'09, has made a gift in excess of $8,000
to the University of Wisconsin Founda-
tion to establish awards in creative writ-
ing. In arrangements recently completed
by Dean Emeritus Fayette M. Elwell of
the School of Commerce, and Professor
Robert C. Pooley of the Department of
English, a George Bradbury Hill Me-
morial has been created to stimulate and
reward creative writing of various kinds.
  Mr. Hill entered the University of
Wisconsin as a sophomore, having
transferred from the University of Cali-
fornia. He soon was recognized as a
leader in his class and a writer of talent.
He became class treasurer in his junior
year and was first vice president in his
senior year, as well as being chairman
of the senior class play. As a writer he
was a reporter and then associate editor
of the Cardinal; he was on the Badger
Board and was managing editor of the
Student Farmer. Active also in student
Wisconsin Alumnus, December, 1961
affairs, he served on the Wisconsin Un-
ion Committee and was a member of
Haresfoot. It is from these many activi-
ties connected with writing that Mr.
Stempfel decided upon a memorial that
would promote student interest in this
endeavor.
  Four prizes will be offered annually
provided entries of sufficient quality are
received. Two first prizes of $150 each
will go to the best entry in prose and
the best entry in poetry. Two second
prizes of $50 each will be awarded, one
each in prose and poetry. Judges of the
contest will be appointed annually by
the Department of English from among
the members of the rank of assistant
professor and above, with the exception
that professors teaching courses in cre-
ative writing will be barred. Winners
will be announced about the first day of
May of each academic year. All Madi-
son undergraduates are eligible, includ-
ing those who receive a bachelor's
degree in February of the year in which
the award is made. Manuscripts sub-
mitted may have been published in a
student or college publication, but can-
not have previously received a prize.
George B. Hill
            11


Go up to Top of Page