The Department of English’s annual prize competition is now open for submissions. More than $1,500 in prize money will be awarded to recognize outstanding work by undergraduate- and graduate-student writers. Undergraduate students of any major can enter competitions for undergraduate students. One of the contests, The Timothy Calhoun Memorial Prize for Poetry, is limited to graduate students in the Department of English.
For first-year essayists: The Karl Lemmerman Prize for the best essay written by a first year student.
For advanced essayists: The Holden Prize for the best essay by a sophomore, junior, or senior student.
For poets: The Finley Foster and Emily Hills Prizes for the best poem or group (3) of poems by an undergraduate student and The Helen B. Sharnoff Prize for the best formal poem or group (3) of formal poems by an undergraduate student. Formal poems are those written in pre-determined forms: e.g., abecedarian, cinquain, ghazal, pantoum, sestina, sonnet, terza rima, villanelle, etc.
For prose writers: The Edith Garber Krotinger Prize for the best creative writing other than poetry by an undergraduate student and The Eleanor Leuser Award for outstanding writing for or about children by an undergraduate student enrolled in a creative writing course at the university.
For women writers: The Emily M. Hills Award for the best poem or essay written by an undergraduate woman in the College of Arts and Sciences.
For grad students:The Timothy Calhoun Memorial Prize for Poetry for the best poem or group of poems (3) by a graduate student in the Department of English.
Enter by noon on March 16 following the contest guidelines:
- Submit the entry as an email Word attachment to email@example.com. The entrant’s name should not appear on the entry.
- The body of the email entry must include the entrant’s name, student ID number, and local phone number.
- Clearly state the contest to which each entry is being submitted.
- No submissions may be duplicated from one prize to another.
Note: Students may receive no more than $100 in prize money without reduction of financial aid, subject to federal and state regulations.