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Deadline to Submit to Graduate Essay Prizes

The English Department is accepting submissions for the following graduate essay prizes:

  • The Walker Gibson Prize, awarded for the best essay on a subject in Composition and Rhetoric. Graduate students in English may only submit papers from graduate seminars (excluding independent studies) written for an audience of teachers and scholars in composition studies. 
  • The Charles Peters Prize, awarded for the best essay on a subject involving Shakespeare or his contemporaries (inclusive dates: 1485-1660). Award will be made at our annual Awards Event.  
  • The John Hicks Prize, awarded for the best literary essay not eligible for the Peter’s Prize.  
  • The LeeAnn Smith White Prize, awarded for the best essay on a topic that falls within the broad area of American cultural and literary studies. Any fruitful topic on American culture may be addressed, but essays touching on LeeAnn’s own interests—literature, music, and the visual arts, as well as place, landscape, the environment, and issues of identity—are especially welcome.  It may be in the genre of an academic argument as for a scholarly journal or a familiar essay as for a popular venue such as The New Yorker, Harpers, or The Women’s Review of Books. 

Awards will be made at the Walker Gibson lecture and also at our annual English Department Awards Event. Essays must now be submitted via AcademicWorks