Your browser (Internet Explorer 7 or lower) is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how to update your browser.


About Us / Contact

Thornton Wilder Writing Competition


There were 140 entries from 31 Connecticut High Schools

$800 First Prize in Prose:  Nicole Anschutz, an eleventh grader who attends ACES Educational Center for the Arts & Amity Regional High School for her story: "Cat Orphanage Room 241".

$600 Second Prize In Prose:  Shana Blatt, an eleventh grader who attends ACES Educational Center for the Arts & Foran High School for her story: "Frostbite". 

$800 First prize in Poetry:  Annie Jonathan, a twelfth grader who attends Guilford High School for her poem:  "To the Wife Waiting At Home For Her Astronaut". 

$600 Second Prize in Poetry:  Rhian Lewis, a twelfth grader who attends Westover School for her poem:  "Atlantis".


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.