Announcement of 2012 Recipients of the Williams-Mystic Essay Contest in Honor of Joseph Conrad

Williams-Mystic, the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, is pleased to announce the following recipient and honorable mention of the 2012 Joseph Conrad Essay Contest:

Ema Williamson ’15 of Millersville University has won $500 for her short story “The Glass Trumpet,” a piece which features careful observations of how human beings relate to each other in the presence of the sea. Ms. Williamson is currently in her sophomore year of undergraduate study and is focusing on Anthropology, History, and English.

Belle Baxley ’13 of Williams College earned “Honorable Mention” for her creative essay “Blue Sister” and has been awarded free passes to the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT.

Jaquelin Elliott ’13 of the University of Michigan earned Honorable Mention for her scholarly essay “The Leviathan and the Cyborg: The Influence of Moby-Dick on Sci-Fi Horror Film” and has also been awarded free passes to the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT.

Williams-Mystic: The Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport is a study away semester for undergraduates. The curriculum is composed of four classes for Williams College credit: Literature of the Sea, Maritime History, Marine Policy, and Marine Sciences.  Students spend the semester living at Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea.  As part of the semester, students attend three week-long field seminars. The first is offshore on a tall ship; the second is to the Pacific Coast; and the third is to coastal Louisiana.  Students of all colleges and majors are welcome.

Philosophy and History of the Prize:  Williams-Mystic and an anonymous donor wish to encourage writing about the world’s oceans or major water bodies. We wish to reward promising writers with the opportunity, as part of their college career, to study about and travel on the ocean and live at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, the largest maritime museum in the world.  Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was one of the greatest of our maritime authors.  He wrote both fiction (Typhoon) and nonfiction (The Mirror of the Sea).  Mystic Seaport owns and maintains the tall ship Joseph Conrad (1882), which is a historic ship that circumnavigated the world with young people.  The prize deadline is in October of each year.

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