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Essay Prizes

The English Department awards three prizes for best essays each spring. Deadlines are in March/April each year.

  • The Charles A. Peters Prize: awarded for the best essay on English literature written between 1558 and 1667
  • The Sanderson Prize: awarded for the best essay on any subject
  • The Steinbugler Prize: awarded for the best essay on any subject by a woman English major

How to apply

  1. Make sure the essay(s) you are submitting were written during the current or previous two semesters.
  2. Remove your name from any pages on the essay(s) you submit and replace it with your Spire number. 
  3. Apply and upload your essay via Academic Works online by Monday, March 16, 2020.
    Use your UMass NetID and password to sign in.

Past winners

2019-20 winners
2018-19 winners
2017-18 winners

2016-17 winners