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$58K Sophie Kerr Prize winner to be named

The winner of the largest undergraduate literary prize in the nation is set to be announced for the 45th time.

The Sophie Kerr Prize winner will be named Tuesday evening in New York City. The value of the 2012 prize is more than $58,000.

Washington College in Chestertown has named five finalists for the prize, chosen from 35 portfolios.

The prize was established by a posthumous gift from Sophie Kerr, a writer born in Denton, who wrote more than 100 stories and 23 novels.

When she died at age 84 in 1965, Kerr left the bulk of her estate to Washington College, specifying that half of the income from her bequest be awarded every year to the senior showing the most promise in the field of literary endeavor.