Prizes sponsored by the English Department

Department of English      Prizes 2014

The following is a list of the prize competitions sponsored each spring by the Department of English.  A list of these competitions is posted on the bulletin board outside the department office and on the department's home page (depts.vassar.edu/~ english).

Students should observe the following procedures for all announced prizes:

(1)   Choose a pseudonym--preferably one that will amuse and delight your readers.    Please use the same pseudonym for all competitions.

(2)  Type the pseudonym on each page that you submit. DO NOT USE YOUR REAL NAME.

(3)   Attach an envelope to each copy of your poem(s) or essay. 

(4)   Write the pseudonym on the outside of the envelope. 

(5)   On a separate piece of paper, type the pseudonym, your name, class, college address, and a brief autobiographical description, including plans after graduation.  Place this piece of paper inside the envelope, and staple or clip the envelope to each copy of your submission.

(6)   Place all copies requested in a large manila envelope (8-1/2 x ll") addressed to Mr. Heesok Chang, Prize Committee '14.  Please write the name of the prizes for which you wish to be considered on the manila envelope. 

(7)    Note the deadlines below.

THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS PRIZE

Open to members of all classes.  Contestants should submit THREE copies of a poem or group of poems to the English Department office no later than 3:00 p.m., WEDNESDAY, April 23.  All submissions must be typed.  Please follow procedures above with respect to pseudonyms.  The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement. Contestants should keep copies of their poems.  Submissions will not be returned.

THE BEATRICE DAW BROWN PRIZE

This prize will be awarded to a member of the senior class who has demonstrated excellence in the composition of poetry.  Submissions of THREE copies of a poem or group of poems must be received in the English Department office by 3:00 p.m., WEDNESDAY, April 23.  All submissions must be typed.  Please follow the procedures above with respect to pseudonyms.  The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement.  Submissions will not be returned.

THE DEANNE BEACH STONEHAM PRIZE FOR POETRY

Open to members of all classes.  This prize is awarded for the most original poem or group of poems submitted.  Submissions should consist of no fewer than seventy lines.  Provide THREE copies of all submissions.  These must be typed; please follow the procedures above with respect to pseudonyms.  Submissions must be received in the English Department office by 3:00 p.m., WEDNESDAY, April 23.  The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement.  Submissions will not be returned.

  Sister Arts Poetry Prize

Open to members of all classes.  This prize is awarded for the best poem informed by a work of art in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.  Please provide THREE copies and follow the procedures above with respect to pseudonyms.  In a sealed envelope attached to the poem, the poet should enclose a slip of paper with his or her name.  Artist's name and title of the work of art should appear on the same piece of paper as the poem. Submissions must be received in the English Department office by 3:00 p.m., WEDNESDAY, April 23. The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement.

THE HELEN KATE FURNESS PRIZE

Open to members of all classes.  This prize is awarded for the best essay on a Shakespearean or Renaissance subject (including Milton).  Senior projects are not eligible.  FOUR typed copies of the contestant's essay must be submitted to the English Department office by 3:00 p.m., WEDNESDAY, April 23.  (Please note that this date is later than the other deadlines.)  Please follow the procedures listed above with respect to pseudonymous submission.  Please write the title of the essay on the sealed envelope attached to the first copy.  The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement.  Submissions may be reclaimed from the department office the Friday before Commencement or in September.

THE ELIZABETH DANA READING PRIZE

This prize is awarded to the student who undertakes and completes the best independent reading program over the summer vacation.  Before the end of classes, interested students should request from the secretary of the English Department the sheet of instructions concerning this contest.  By 3:00p.m., WEDNESDAY, April 23, the student should submit to the department office a reading list and a brief statement about the project.