Prizes and Awards
2016 Academic Prizes in the Department of English Language and Literature
Deadline: Monday, April 18th, 2016 -accepting submissions 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00 only
In order for your work to be considered for the English department prizes, the following criteria must be met.
- Please submit three copies of each work to be considered.
- All entries must be submitted under a single pseudonym, listed on all copies. Do not put your real name on your submissions. Papers from students using multiple pseudonyms will not be accepted. When you give your submissions to the English department assistant, she will make note of what your pseudonym is and what your actual name is. This is why they must be handed to her in person, not left in her mailbox.
- Papers are accepted in five separate genres: Poetry (single), Poetry (group), Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Critical Essay. Please note for which of the categories you are submitting your work. 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). The poems submitted for the group poem prizes should be linked by theme or form to be considered.
- All submissions should include your major and class year.
- Different prizes have specific conditions. In the case of submissions for the critical essay prizes, you should include the course number that the paper was originally written for. In the case of poetry submissions, please notify us if your work has been previously published. Material that has appeared in student publications is eligible for most prizes.
- For some prizes which are for the best honors thesis (Elizabeth Drew Memorial Prize, Emogene Mahoney Memorial Prize)and for excellence in written English (Norma M. Leas Memorial Prize), no submission is necessary.
- Please submit all entries to Jennifer Roberts in Pierce Hall, room 105 by 4:00 on Monday, April 18th. Please submit them to her in person: Do not leave them in her mailbox. You are welcome to submit your work earlier than the deadline.
- Electronic copies of work will be accepted only from students studying abroad. If you are submitting electronic copies, please send them to Jennifer no later than 3:00 on Friday, April 15th or they will not be accepted.
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.