- limit of 2 entries per prize per student
- limit of 2 contests for each entry
- include your name and the name of the prize on each entry or group of poems
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020, at midnight via email to email@example.com.
Virginia Lee Barnes Prize: For the best critical essay by a senior in English, American Studies, Medieval Studies, or Women's Studies
Barbara Benson Memorial Fund: For distinction in prose writing. Open to juniors & seniors for prose or other pieces in fiction, essay or any prose form (available alternate years only; offered in 2021)
Gertrude Claytor Award of The Academy of American Poets: For the best poem or group of poems, open to all undergraduates
Minnie Ryan Dwight Prize: For excellence in journalistic writing, open to all undergraduates
Kathryn McFarland Prize: For any form of creative writing, open to all students
Sydney Robertson McLean Short Story Prize: Open to all undergraduates
Anne Singer '69 Memorial Prize: To a student who shows both the promise of a gift for writing and a dedication to craftsmanship, preference to first years, sophomores, and juniors
Ada L. F. Snell Poetry Prize: For the best poem or group of poems, the whole not to exceed fifty lines, open to all undergraduates
Fellowship and Research Funds
Naomi Kitay '33 Fellowship: Awarded on basis of merit, as an aid toward a career in creative prose writing.
- Please fill out the Kitay fellowship application and submit it to the English Department before the deadline.
Phyllis Merrill '30 and Virginia Merrill Lafferty '37 Research Fund: To be used for student research to purchase research material or to travel to a research library to complete her project. Based on the merit of the project and good academic standing.
- Interested applicants should submit a description of proposed research and a reference of a faculty member familiar with the project before the deadline.
Jean Sudrann '39 Research Fund: To support student research in the Department of English, travel grants for research or special projects. Open to all students; not limited to English majors. Applications should consist of only two items -- 1, one page (single spaced) research plan that describes your project, travel plans, etc. and 2, a simple budget that outlines how the funds will be used.
- Deadline: please submit the application by Tuesday, April 28 at midnight.
Graduate Fellowship in English & Joseph McGrath Bottkol Fellowship Fund: For the pursuit of Graduate Study in English (available alternate years only; offered in 2021)
- Deadline: please submit the Graduate Fellowship in English and the Bottkol application by the department's deadline.
Other Awards open to English majors
The Clio Melpomene Prize will be awarded to assist aspiring poets and/or historians after graduation. Applicants must be students of Mount Holyoke College slated to graduate as members of the Class of 2020.
The Richard A. Johnson Prize is awarded to a student with a strong academic record, in any major, who plans to teach at the secondary level, in any subject. The prize may be used to support the expenses of graduate study toward a career in secondary teaching, for support during a practicum semester, or for a project, research, or experience that will enhance the student's teaching capabilities.
- See the Alumnae Association's Fellowship page for the deadline and other details.