Undergraduate Prizes

Prize entries are due by 11:59 PM on Monday, March 11, 2019 and should be submitted electronically in PDF format at the link following the appropriate prize below.
Please be sure your name, PUID#, 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. You may submit no more than 3 poems total. Each of your poems will be considered for all the prizes below.
 — 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  • Academy of American Poets Prize: A prize for one or more unpublished poems.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.