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English Department

Carolyn Keen Contest

All students who have written an essay on works of literature in a De Anza College English course during this past year are eligible to enter the annual Carolyn Keen Literature Prize competition, sponsored by the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

The prize is in recognition of Carolyn Keen, a founding member of the college's English Department and Literature Studies. Prizes range from $100 to $300. The top winning essay will be published in the Red Wheelbarrow, De Anza's literary magazine.


2014 Carolyn Keen Winners: 

1. "Ouroboros Interrupted" by Beth Hightower

2. "Passing as a Warrior's Strategy" by Yuri Nishiyama

3. "The Binary Blues" by Alex Krantzler


2015 Contest Deadline: Friday, May 29th, 2015


  1. Open to students who have written essays in a De Anza College English course during the past academic year since Summer Quarter 2014.
  2. Submission of an essay that presents an analysis of a literary text or texts.
  3. The essay must be a minimum of three pages and a maximum of 15 pages.

How to Apply

  1. Compose an essay & attach it in an e-mail
  2. Submit a 100-200 Word bio stating your academic and career goals.
  3. Submit a 100 word abstract about the essay.
  4. Make sure the one copy of your essay is in .doc or .pdf format
For more information, contact Julie Pesano at 408.864.8653

Chairperson:  Roseanne Quinn

Phone: 408-864-8286

(on leave for Fall quarter; contact Karen Chow at for inquiries related to student placement scores)


Department Scheduler:  Lydia Hearn

Phone: 408-864-5785


Last Updated: 5/22/15