Undergraduate Prizes

Students may submit only one essay or short story for each prize.  Up  to three poems may be entered for the poetry prizes. Students submitting a poem or poems will automatically be considered for all three prizes.

Class of 1883 English Prize for Academic Freshmen: Open to all freshman candidates for the AB degree who have done superior academic work in any course in the Department of English: A prize for the best essay on any topic in English or American literature; the essay need not have been written in fulfillment of a course requirement.

Class of 1883 English Prize for Freshmen in the School of Engineering: Open to all freshmen candidates for the BSE degree who have done superior academic work in any course in the Department of English: A prize for the best essay on any topic in English or American literature; the essay need not have been written in fulfillment of a course requirement.

Francis Biddle Sophomore Prize: Open to all sophomores:  A prize for the best essay on any topic in English or American literature; the essay need not have been written in fulfillment of a course requirement.

Class of 1870 Sophomore Prize: Open to all sophomore candidates for the AB degree: A prize for the best essay in English or American literature.

Ward Mathis Prize: Open to all undergraduates:  A prize for the best short story.

Poetry Prizes:  Open to all undergraduates.  Manuscripts of poems should be labeled “Poetry Prizes” and submitted to the Department in duplicate.  All entries will automatically be considered for all 3 prizes.

Academy of American Poets Prize: A prize of $100 for one or more unpublished poems.

Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize: A prize for one or more poems “in the best tradition of English verse.”

Morris W. Croll Poetry Prize: A prize for the best poem, with no restrictions on subject or form.