Department Prizes & Awards
Submision Prize Entry Rules:
• limit of 2 entries per prize per student
(each entry can take up to ten minutes to read aloud)
• limit of 2 contests for each entry
• include your name and the name of the prize on each entry or group of poems
• submission deadline: Monday, April 20, 2015 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 2015)
- Graduate Fellowship in English & Joseph McGrath Bottkol Fellowship Fund
For pursuit of Graduate Study in English (available alternate years only; offered in 2015)
- 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 application form and submit it to the English Department office, 111 Shattuck Hall, by Monday, April 20, 2015.
- 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 merit of 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 to the English Department office by 4 pm Monday, April 20, 2015.
- 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. Interested applicants should submit a five-hundred word description of proposed research, a one-page budget, and provide one reference from a person familiar with the student's work and the merits of the project. All applications are due in the English Department Office by 4 pm on Monday, April 20, 2015.
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 2015.
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.