Prizes and Awards
2017 Academic Prizes in the Department of English Language and Literature
Deadline: Monday, April 17th, 2017 by 4:00
Accepting submissions 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00
Prizes are divided into five separate categories:
- Poetry (single)
- Poetry (group) (linked by theme, subject or form)
- Creative Non-Fiction
- Critical Essay.
You do not need to apply for a specific prize as your work will be eligible for all prizes in the category. You may submit in as many categories as you wish, but only two entries per category (with the exception of single poems, in which you may submit three poems).
In order for your work to be considered, the following criteria must be met:
- 3 copies of each submission
- a single alias (do not put your real name) so the submissions are anonymous
- the category that you are submitting the paper for (see above)
- your major and class year
- your student ID number
- for a critical essay submission, include the class that the paper was written for
- for poetry submissions, notify us if the work has been previously published
- handed in person to the dept. assistant in Pierce Hall room 105 who will note your alias and your real name (electronic copies accepted only from students studying abroad due no later than 4:00 on April 14th)
Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize, awarded for the best poem by an undergraduate. Competition is not open to those who have already won the prize, nor may the poem have been printed previously.
Ethel Olin Corbin Prize, awarded for the best original poem (preferably blank verse, sonnet or ballad) or informal essay by an undergraduate.
Ruth Forbes Eliot Prize, awarded for the best poem submitted by a first year or sophomore.
Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize, awarded for the best poem or group of poems.
Elizabeth Drew Fiction Prize, awarded for the best fiction written by an undergraduate.
Elizabeth Drew Essay Prize, awarded for the best classroom essay on a literary subject submitted by an undergraduate in a class taught by a member of the English department.
Elizabeth Drew Memorial Prizes, awarded for (a) the best honors thesis in English, and (b) the best essay on a literary subject submitted by a first year.
Eleanor Cederstrom Prize, awarded for the best poem by an undergraduate, written in a traditional verse form.
Helen Kate Furness Prize, awarded for the best essay on a Shakespearean theme prepared in courses or seminars. Honors theses are not eligible.
James T. and Ellen M. Hatfield Memorial Prize, awarded to a senior majoring in English for the best short story.
Mrs. Montagu Prize, awarded for the best essay on a literary subject concerning women.
Gertrude Posner Spencer Prize, awarded for excellence in writing fiction and nonfiction prose.
Anne Bradstreet Prize from the Academy of American Poets, awarded for the best poem or group of poems by an undergraduate.
Emogene Mahoney Memorial Prize, awarded for (a) the best essay on a literary subject written by a first-year student and (b) the best honors thesis.
Norma M. Leas Memorial Prize, awarded to a graduating English major for excellence in written English.
Clara French Memorial Prize, awarded to a graduating English major who had advanced further in the study of English language and literature.
Vernon Howard Prize, awarded for the best student scholar of Chaucer.
Mary Augusta Jordan Prize, awarded for the most original work in prose or poetry by a senior.
Elizabeth Wanning Harries Prize, awarded to a graduating Ada Comstock scholar who has shown academic distinction in the study of literature in any language.