Announcing the Davenport Prize in Fiction

DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

1) entrants must be in “good standing” but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course; students who completed coursework on campus during the 2017-18 school year, but have not yet commenced and are not currently enrolled are eligible to submit, provided they will be commencing from Knox in June;

2) only one story per author is allowed;

3) submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but cannot have been previously published off campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a story from entry); no story that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time; any story currently under review for another prize may be submitted;

4) each submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name and complete contact information, as well as the title of the story; please leave name off subsequent pages;

5) each submission should be double-spaced and paginated;

6) each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words;

7) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

8) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than Tuesday, April 24 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact

Submissions by graduating seniors will also be considered for the Proctor Fenn Sherwin Prize.

Cash prizes are determined by the English Department, in consultation with the judge’s recommendations for awards. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the college and may be published on the English Department’s website.

Carlin Metz Directs/Co-Produces Merchant on Venice Production

Liz Carlin Metz (Theatre) directed and co-produced the Rasaka Theatre and Vitalist Theatre (Chicago) co-production of Merchant on Venice by Shishir Karup at The Greenhouse Theatre on Lincoln Avenue. The production opened March 22 and was recommended by The Joseph Jefferson Committee for award consideration at the forthcoming Equity Category (the actors’ union) awards ceremony (“The Jeffs” are the Chicago Theatre community’s Tony Award). The production runs until April 15 and performs Thursday-Sunday. The play is a South Asian reimagining of the plot and language of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice set on Los Angeles’ polyglot Venice BLVD in which the tension of the plot is driven by the historical conflict between Muslims (the money lender) and Hindus (the merchant and friends). Exploring the qualities of empathy and grace, as well as blame and internalized and externalized religious bigotry, Merchant mixes it up with song, dance, and romance through the clash/mash of South Asian culture.

Knox alumni involved in the production include Emily Antoff (assistant director/assistant producer), Craig Choma (set designer), Rachel Sypniewski (costume designer), Kathleen Dickinson (production manager), Marty Helms (master carpenter), and Theresa Murphy (master electrician).