Undergraduate Prizes

All manuscripts, clearly labeled with the author’s name, ID number, home address, and the name of the prize for which they are entered.  Submissions must be delivered to the Department of English, 22 McCosh Hall no later than 4:00 pm on May 9, 2017. All winners will be announced at commencement.

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Academy of American Poets Prize: A prize of $100 for one or more unpublished poems.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