The Department of English offers approximately 25 donor-supported awards for exemplary student work in a wide array of genres, from essays to creative writing (poetry and prose) to rhetoric, professional writing, and digital design. Many of these awards have been made possible by the generosity of student and faculty alumni who are proud to acknowledge the superb calibre and range of work of our students. Actual award values will be confirmed and published on or around the final submission deadline.
Some awards require faculty nomination; others allow submissions directly from students; still others are awarded based on grades or set examinations. Please see the awards descriptions for more information. If you would like your work to be considered for an award that doesn’t allow direct student submission, you can ask your instructor to consider nominating it. Please make sure that you follow the submission guidelines carefully: any submissions that do not follow the guidelines will be disqualified.
The deadline for student- and faculty-submitted award nominations is January 19, 2024.
Awards are formally presented at the department’s annual Awards Ceremony, held at the end of the Winter semester. Award winners will be notified by the week before the ceremony.
Please go to past award winners for a list of last year's recipients.
You can also learn more about the 2020-2021 awards ceremony and award winners using the following links:
Hear from our donors and award contributors
Tania Del Matto
Click on the following link to read the full donor interview with Jamie Snider - Jamie Snider
Click on the following link to read the full donor interview with Matthew Masternak - Matthew Masternak