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Thornton Wilder Writing Competition

Congratulations to this year's Thornton Wilder Competition Winners!

1st place prose- Sharks by Julia Joy
2nd place prose- Lisa by Maeve Flaherty
3rd place prose-Bloodline by Emmy Roday

1st place poetry- On Losing Something I thought Kept Me Safe by Clare Arlington Boyle
2nd place poetry- Nothing is Truly Ever Black by Jada Middleton
3rd place poetry- Prayer for a City Within a City by Shanshan Chen


About Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1897. He studied at Oberlin College and Yale University and later became a teacher of literature and creative writing. Both a novelist and a playwright, he is considered one of the most important American writers. He won three Pulitzer Prizes: for the novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1927), and for two plays, Our Town (1938), and The Skin of Our Teeth (1943). Another play, The Merchant of Yonkers (1939), which he rewrote as The Matchmaker, became the basis for the popular musical Hello, Dolly.

Wilder is not only an internationally known and respected author. Because he lived in Hamden from 1929 until his death in 1975, Hamden also claims him as one of its most noted residents. He is the inspiration for the annual Hamden writing competition for high school students, begun in 1986 by Augusta Thomas and the Friends of the Hamden Library. The prizes that are awarded each year have been made possible by a generous endowment from Thornton Wilder’s sister, Isabel Wilder, who resided in Hamden until her death in 1995.