Thornton Wilder Writing Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Thornton Wilder Writing Competition

1st place in Prose – Sydney Cohen- Amity HS for Toy Soldiers
2nd place in Prose – Michael Lee- Hamden Hall for The Four Momentous Animal Tragedies- A David Attenborogh Narration
Honorable Mention in Prose – Cindy Truong- ECA/Platt for Fatz Cafe

1st place in Poetry – Franziska Lee- ECA/Hamden High for Confucius’ Failings in the Modern Age
2nd Place in Poetry –  Emily Benoit,- Westover School for it feels like flames
Honorable Mention in Poetry – Alyssa Greenwood ECA/ for Understanding Between Man and Bird-Man


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.