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Naeseth Writing Award

In conjunction with the Departmental Open House and Scholarship Competition in January, the English Department offers awards in honor of the late Henriette C.K. Naeseth, a former teacher, scholar, and department chair. Several awards in amount of $1,000 each are given every year to entering students, typically first-year students, who show exceptional promise as writers. Naeseth Awards are renewable annually for students who furnish evidence of impressive progress as writers at Augustana.

To apply, send three pieces of your original writing and other information using this form: Naeseth Writing Award application

Camel & Croc Award for Writing

The department of English at Augustana College seeks entries for the Camel & Croc Award, a $500 prize given to an Augustana student for his or her non-fiction essay.

Submitted essays should be 1,000 words or less and should foster thinking on humanitarian concerns, especially cross-cultural connections, service to others and the welfare of children. Judges will consider both personal and scholarly essays. For this competition, please substantially revise any essays previously written for a course.

To request an entry form, see Dr. Joe McDowell, chair of the English department, or Dr. Jason Peters, associate chair of the English department.


SAGA is Augustana's art and literary magazine. Published twice yearly, the magazine accepts student submissions of poetry, fiction, and artwork, including drawings, paintings, and photography. At the publication of the Spring edition, the editors and a group of judges award over $2,000 in prize money to the year's best submissions. Click here to visit Saga's website.