The Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, created by a generous gift from Vicki and Patrick Stone '74, honors a major American author who has created a body of critically acclaimed literary work and has been - in tradition of creative writing at OSU - a dedicated mentor to succeeding generations of young writers.
OSU alum Patrick F. Stone ('74) and his wife, Vicki, established the prize to spotlight what they see as one of OSU's best kept secrets: the MFA Program in Creative Writing, which has a growing reputation for its emphasis on mentoring students, building community and reaching out to underserved populations - including at-risk youth and military veterans. The Stones' $600,000 committment has allowed OSU to award prizes in 2012, 2014 and 2016, and will continue to provide award funding through an endowment. The honorarium for the award is $20,000, making the Stone Prize one of the most substantial awards for lifetime literary achievement offered by any university in the country.
Recipients of the Stone Literary Award give readings, master classes and lectures in both Corvallis and Portland, highlighting the value of creative communications in contemporary American culture. In conjunction with the prize, an "Everybody Reads" program features a selected book by the writer, wtih events at libraries, book clubs and independent bookstores.
Past Winners of the Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement:
2014 - Tobias Wolff
2012 - Joyce Carol Oates
2016 - Rita Dove