Undergraduate WRITING AWARDS
The English Department announces the following awards and invites submissions from eligible students by 4 pm on April 13th
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.
ONLY ONE SUBMISSION PER CONTEST IS PERMITTED; STUDENTS MAY NOT SUBMIT THE SAME ESSAY FOR MORE THAN ONE AWARD.
Entries should be given to Ms. Diane Bohn in the English dept, 277 Fenton Hall. No late entries will be accepted. Winners will be selected by a group of English Department faculty members and will be notified no later than April 23rd and presented with awards at the English Department Award Ceremony on May 8th at 4 pm in the Horizon Room, Williams Center. Good luck to all!