English undergraduate awards

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There are three types of awards:

All submissions for awards must be handed in no later than Friday, January 24, 2020. Please note separate deadlines and submission procedures for the Quarry Co-op award. Award prizes range from $150 to $500.

Student-submitted awards

Students will submit their own work. Students should submit only one entry per award, and should not submit the same work for multiple awards. In the case of coauthored work, all coauthors must meet eligibility requirements and, in the event they receive the award, the amount will be split evenly among the authors.  When you are ready to submit, consult the general upload guidelines.

Award Description
Albert Shaw Award 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 in American Literature and Culture For the year's outstanding essay in American Literature. One judge.
Canadian Literature Prize For the year's outstanding essay in Canadian Literature. One judge.
Diaspora and Transnational Studies Prize Awarded to the best essay or project on a subject related to Diaspora, Transnational, and/or Postcolonial topics submitted for an English course in the past calendar year. One judge.
English Society creative writing award for poetry 1-5 poems. Maximum total length: 10 standard pages (250 words per page). Two judges. 
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. 
Hibba​rd Prize For the year's outstanding essay on Shakespeare. One judge. 
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
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. Two judges.
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. Two judges.

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Faculty-nominated awards

Faculty members can nominate work submitted in their courses during the past calendar year. Each submission can only be entered into one award competition. Faculty normally submit no more than one essay per course taught. 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

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.

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 in American Literature and Culture For the year's outstanding essay in American Literature. One judge.
Canadian Literature Prize For the year's outstanding essay in Canadian Literature. One judge.
Diaspora and Transnational Studies Prize Awarded to the best essay or project on a subject related to Diaspora, Transnational, and/or Postcolonial topics submitted for an English course in the past calendar year. One judge.
Hibba​rd Prize For the year's outstanding essay on Shakespeare. One judge. 
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. Two judges.
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. Two judges.
Walter R. Martin English 251 Award Faculty who teach English 251: Literary Theory and Criticism (Formerly 251A: Criticism 1) may nominate up to two outstanding students. 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. 

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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.

Masternak Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship in English Two awards, valued at $2000 each, based on academic excellence for Year 2, 3, or 4 students in honors English.