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English undergraduate awards

Photo of trophies.

There are three types of awards:

All submissions for awards must be handed in no later than February 28th, 2017. Please note separate deadlines and submission procedures for the Quarry Co-op award.

Note: Prize amounts indicated are subject to slight change.

Student-submitted awards

Students will submit their own work. Submissions can only be entered into one award competition. Submissions for academic work must have been completed for an English course or co-op workterm in the past calendar year. All submissions must conform to the applicable guidelines

Award Description

Albert Shaw Poetry Prize

Award in memory of hockey player and poetry lover Albert Shaw. 1-5 poems, maximum total length: 10 standard pages (250 words per page). Two judges. Award: $400

English Society creative writing award for poetry

1-5 poems. Maximum total length: 10 standard pages (250 words per page). Two judges. Award: $400

English Society creative writing award for prose

1-5 short prose works or extracts from longer works to a maximum total length of 10 standard pages. Maximum total length: 10 standard pages (250 words per page). Two judges. Award: $400

Quarry Integrated Communication Co-op English Award

Candidates for this award are enrolled in English Co-op, Year 3 or 4, maintaining a minimum overall average of 78%, and a minimum work-term evaluation of “Excellent.” For more information on the award terms and submission procedures, see the full description on the Student Awards website. Award: $500

The History and Theory of Rhetoric Award

The department will accept submissions from students and nominations by professors of essays on the history and/or theory of rhetoric completed in an English class at uWaterloo. One winner, one runner-up. Two judges. Awards: $400 winner

The Rhetoric and Professional Writing Award

The department will accept submissions from students and nominations by professors of any work of technical communication, professional writing, textual editing, or paper-based design completed in an English class at uWaterloo or an English co-op workterm. One winner, one runner-up.  Awards: $400 winner

The Rhetoric and Digital Design Award

The department will accept submissions from students and nominations by professors of digitally-based projects completed in an English class at uWaterloo. One winner, one runner-up. Two judges.  Award: $400 winner

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Faculty-nominated awards

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

If you are an independent graduate instructor and wish to nominate a student's work, please email englaward@uwaterloo.ca for help with the submission process.

Award Description

Hibba​rd Prize

For the year's outstanding essay on Shakespeare. One judge. Award: $400

Canadian Literature Prize

For the year's outstanding essay in Canadian Literature. One judge. Award: $400

Award in American Literature and Culture

For the year's outstanding essay in American Literature. One judge. Award: $400

Andrew James Dugan Prize in Literature

Awarded to the best essay written on a literary question or subject and submitted in a 300- or 400-level English class in the past calendar year by an English major. Two judges. Award: $500

Andrew James Dugan Prize in Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Awarded to the best written document engaging with a rhetoric and/or professional communication question or subject and submitted in a 300- or 400-level English class in the past calendar year by an English major. Two judges. Award: $500

The History and Theory of Rhetoric Award

The department will accept submissions from students and nominations by professors of essays on the history and/or theory of rhetoric completed in an English class at uWaterloo. One winner, one runner-up. Two judges. Awards: $400 winner

The Rhetoric and Professional Writing Award

The department will accept submissions from students and nominations by professors of any work of technical communication, professional writing, textual editing, or paper-based design completed in an English class at uWaterloo or an English co-op workterm. One winner, one runner-up.  Awards: $400 winner

The Rhetoric and Digital Design Award

The department will accept submissions from students and nominations by professors of digitally-based projects completed in an English class at uWaterloo. One winner, one runner-up. Two judges.  Award: $200 winner

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Other awards

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

Award Description

Co-op ​​Work Report

Candidates for this award are those who have received “outstanding” evaluations for reports submitted in the spring and fall terms preceding the March Awards ceremony. Two judges.  Award: $400

Grade Average Awards

Four awards, based on performance in English courses as follows: second year--spring term; second year--fall term; third year--fall or spring term; fourth year--fall or spring term. Award: $400

English 251A Award

Faculty who teach English 251A: Criticism 1 may nominate up to two outstanding students from their Fall semester classes. Candidates will be invited to write a special exam demonstrating application of critical methods for literary analysis. Award is based on the result of the special exam. One judge. Award: $400