Undergraduate Prizes

Prize entries are due by 4pm on Friday, May 4, 2018 and should be submitted electronically in PDF format at the link following the appropriate prize below.

Please be sure your name, email, and prize are indicated at the top of all submissions.

If you have questions please contact tarab@


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.

One entry allowed per person — https://www.dropbox.com/request/tfzDBmpM9oM1TIQJau2p

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.
One entry allowed per person — https://www.dropbox.com/request/OXXlineTxYGAuvlSe8FD

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.
One entry allowed per person — https://www.dropbox.com/request/TdG0XNtEiOyQ7c9d4WLP

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.
One entry allowed per person — https://www.dropbox.com/request/z3Aeyc9rHESRQpuNOiiT

Ward Mathis Prize: Open to all undergraduates:  A prize for the best short story.
One entry allowed per person — https://www.dropbox.com/request/9t73214pyXf0GkQ0sWQQ

Poetry Prizes:  Open to all undergraduates.  All entries will automatically be considered for all 3 prizes listed below. 
Three entries allowed per person — https://www.dropbox.com/request/BmGxB3XuOjKAiAtT6RjU

  • Academy of American Poets Prize: A prize for one or more unpublished poems.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