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Prizes Sponsored by the English Department

Department of English Prizes 2020

The following is a list of the prize competitions sponsored each spring by the Department of English.

Note: For 2020, submissions are to be made as attachments to emails.

Students should observe the following procedures for all announced prizes:

  1. Submit a copy of each poem or essay with your name and email address on every page.
  2. Send your submission as an attachment (Word or PDF) with the Subject heading Prize Committee '20 to Paul Kane. Please write the name of the prizes for which you wish to be considered at the top of each submission.
  3. Note the deadlines below.

THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS PRIZE

Open to members of all classes. Contestants should submit a copy of a poem or group of poems to Paul Kane no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 1. All submissions must be typed. The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement. Contestants should keep copies of their poems.

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. Contestants should submit a copy of a poem or group of poems to Paul Kane no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 1. All submissions must be typed. The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement.

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. Contestants should submit a copy of a poem or group of poems to Paul Kane  no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 1. These must be typed. The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement.

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. Artist’s name and title of the work of art should appear on the same page as the poem. Contestants should submit a copy of the poem to Paul Kane no later than 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 1. 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. The contestant’s essay must be submitted to Paul Kane by 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 12. (Please note that this date is later than the other deadlines.). The recipient of the award will be announced at Commencement.

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. If you are interested in competing for the Dana Prize, submit a copy of your proposal and your reading list to the English Department Office by 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 14. Include your name, class, college box number and summer address. Send it as an attachment to Tracey Sciortino. Students who do not submit such a proposal in the Spring cannot be considered for the prize in the Fall. Read More