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English graduate awards

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There are three types of awards:

Nominations for the T.A. and Independent Graduate Instructor awards should be submitted no later than February 8, 2017. All other submissions for awards must be handed in no later than February 28, 2017.

Note: Prize amounts indicated are subject to slight change.

Student-submitted awards 

Students will submit their own work from their courses during the past calendar year. Essays and creative writing can only be entered into one award competition. All submissions must conform to the applicable guidelines.

Award Description

Graduate Creat​​ive Writing Awards

One award for the best submission of either prose or poetry—Maximum total length 10 standard pages (250 words per page): 1-5 poems or 1-5 short prose works or extracts from longer works. Two judges. Award: $400

Graduate Professio​​nal Communication Award

This prize goes to the best work of applied professional communication and communication design (including professional writing, digital media, games, etc.); maximum length 10 standard pages or equivalent. Two judges.  Award: $150

General submission guidelines: Faculty members may nominate a submission from a graduate class taught during the previous academic year; or students may submit work created for a course or co-op placement during the past academic year.

Lea Vogel-Nimmo English Graduate Professionalization Award

One award provided annually to full-time English graduate students registered in the Master’s or PhD program on the basis of academic excellence (minimum 80%) and merit of professionalization activities.  The student must submit a short (250 word) description of how the professionalization funds will be used e.g. research travel costs, conference attendance or special research expenditures.

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Faculty-nominated awards

Faculty members can nominate individual essays submitted in one of their courses during the past calendar year. Essays and creative writing can only be entered into one award competition. All submissions must conform to the applicable guidelines.

Award Description

Graduate Professio​​nal Communication Award

This prize goes to the best work of applied professional communication and communication design (including professional writing, digital media, games, etc.); maximum length 10 standard pages or equivalent. Two judges.  Award: $200

General submission guidelines: Faculty members may nominate a submission from a graduate class taught during the previous academic year; or students may submit work created for a course or co-op placement during the past academic year.

Beltz Essa​y Prizes in Literature

Two awards, one each for M.A. and Ph.D. students. These prizes go to the best essays on literature submitted in a course taken during the past calendar year by graduate students enrolled at some time during that year. Two judges. Awards: $400

General submission guidelines: Faculty members may nominate the best MA and PhD essays submitted in a graduate course during the past academic year.

Rhetoric Essa​y Prizes

Two awards, one each for M.A. and Ph.D. students. This prize goes to the writer of the best essay on rhetoric and associated fields submitted in a course taken during the past calendar year by a graduate student enrolled at some time during that year. Two judges. Award: $150

General submission guidelines: Faculty members may nominate the best MA and PhD essays submitted in a course during the past academic year.

TA Award for E​xcellence in Teaching and Independent​ Graduate Instructor Award for Excellence in Teaching

Mentoring or supervising professors will nominate outstanding student teachers. Please send nominations to the Awards Coordinator, Professor Dorothy Hadfield, by deadline TBD. Nominated students will be contacted and​ asked to submit a teaching portfolio for consideration. Details regarding nominations and submission files are available at the English Graduate Studies Coordinator office located in HH 250. Two judges. Awards: $400

Other awards

Students registered in the appropriate department programs are automatically eligible for these awards.

Award Description

Co-op Work Report

All work reports submitted in the year prior to the spring awards ceremony will be considered for this award. Two judges. Award: $400

David Nimmo English Graduate Scholarship For more information, visit the Graduate Studies Awards page.  Award: $2,000

Grade A​verage Awards

Based on performance in M.A. and Ph.D. programmes up to December 2016. Awards: $200

Jack Gray Graduate Fellowship

Awarded each Fall to the best graduate student without external funding. Based on performance in M.A. and Ph.D. programmes in previous academic year (Fall to Spring). Award: $3,500