Delaware student wins $61,000 writing prize

Congratulations to Tim Marcin, winner of Washington College's Sophie Kerr Prize, worth $61,192 this year.

The 22-year-old  from Wilmington, Del., who is headed to Northwestern University, plans to pursue a sports writing career. That's a worthy goal -- to follow in the footsteps of luminaries such as Ring Lardner and Roger Angell. (I'd even toss John McPhee into the crowd.)

According to the college, he submitted "poems whose subjects included teen romance, the music of Bob Dylan, and up-close perceptions of his father’s well-worn coat, and the red stitches on a baseball.  His prose included an affectionate slice of life from Camp Quoowant, the summer camp outside Wilmington where he worked as a counselor, and his account of being in Boston during the confusing  aftermath of the Marathon bombings."

He wrote in his portfolio's introduction: "Writing is wrangling an overwhelming world, condensing it into something lucid, almost inherent. Like a tiny aperture capturing a big blue sky."

The prize is named for an early 20th century writer and editor who grew up on the Eastern Shore. She left most of her estate to the college in Chestertown, Md., upon her death in 1965. Proceeds from the bequest fund the prize, scholarships and a writing series.

"It's extremely exciting," Marcin said after the award was announced, according to a story in The Baltimore Sun. "It's surreal, kind of like, you think it's a dream, have to process it all. ... You kind of try to make yourself think that you're not going to win, so I have no idea what I'm going to do with the money, but I guess that's a nice problem to have."