Undergraduate WRITING AWARDS
The English department announces the following awards and invites submissions from
Stay tuned for submission dates.
Awarded to first-year English majors on the basis of admissions data (which might
include financial need) and writing excellence. The entry paper must be 300-500 words,
must demonstrate an individual style or voice, the ability to place your own experience
in a wider context, and a proficient use of mechanics (grammar, spelling, etc.), and
must answer on of the following questions: (1) If you were given $200 to spend on
books that were not for school, what would they be and why? (2) Describe how and why
a particular book changed your perspective..
Awarded to an English major (full-time undergraduate with at least junior standing)
for the paper best displaying excellence in the study of literature. Preference will
be given to papers that focus on the Romantic period (or, more generally, nineteenth-century
literature), especially Sir Walter Scott.
Awarded to a senior going on to graduate school who has done superior work. Submissions for this award include a personal statement of plans for graduate study (1-3 pages, double-spaced), and scholarly evidence of superior writing (a paper or equivalent). Evidence of acceptance AND enrollment to graduate school (i.e., a copy of registration, etc.) is needed to actually award the money after the student is enrolled.