Every year, the English Department offers prizes for distinguished writing by Wellesley College students.

Reading WomanCongratulations to 2016 English Department Prize winners!  Click here to see the winners.

 

The competition is open to all Wellesley College undergraduates.

 

2016 ENGLISH DEPARTMENT PRIZES

  • The Florence Annette Wing Memorial Prize for Lyric Poetry.  Established by Mabel Wing Castle, Class of 1887, in memory of her sister, for a lyric poem (not to exceed 32 lines)
  • The Virginia Wainwright Sonnet Prize
  • The Academy of American Poets Prize. For all genres and lengths of poems
  • The Mary Ann Youngren Award for Critical Reading. Established by Diana Lissauer Fraid for a short literary critical essay that demonstrates a detailed responsiveness to the shape and substance of a work of literature in English
  • The Jacqueline Award for Literary Essay. Established by Eleanor and Rosamond Peck in memory of their sister. Awarded to a senior for a longer literary critical essay that demonstrates a detailed responsiveness to the shape and substance of a work [or works] of literature in English
  • The Agnes F. Perkins Prize for Literary Essay. Awarded to a first year, sophomore or junior for a longer literary critical essay that demonstrates a detailed responsiveness to the shape and substance of a work [or works] of literature in English
  • The Johanna Mankiewicz Davis Prize for Prose Fiction. Established by Peter Davis in memory of Joanna Mankiewicz Davis, Class of 1958, for a short story (including flash fiction and the short-short story)
  • The Mary Lyons Prize for Writing. Established by the friends of Mary Lyon, former editor of The Wellesley Alumnae Magazine. Awarded to a junior or senior for a creative non-fiction essay (personal essay, travel essay, memoir essay, personal reportage, literary or cultural reviews for a non-specialist audience, etc.)
  • The Charlotte Paul Reese ‘38 Memorial Prize for Creativity in Writing. Established by Robert Reese and Harriet Chamberlain Wilson, Class of 1938, for a longer work (novel, novella, play, or screenplay) or a collection (collection of short stories, collection of creative non-fiction essays, or collection of poems)
  • English Department Prize for Excellence in Translation. For translation of an essay, short story, or poem (the original must accompany the translation)

Submission Guidelines:

For EACH entry, submit a cover sheet (available at www.wellesley.edu/English/prizes) with:

1.     A HARD copy to the English Prizes box located in the English Dept. office, FND 103; and 

2.     An ELECTRONIC copy sent as e-mail attachments addressed to English-Prizes@wellesley.edu.

Specify the appropriate prize name in the subject line. Each entry should be labeled on page 1 of the manuscript with the prize name:  “Wing,” “Wainwright,” “American Academy of Poets,” etc. Student’s name, Class, Banner ID #, and college and summer address must also be on page 1 of each entry. Entries must be typewritten, double-spaced (poems may be single spaced), pages numbered.

Students may submit ONE ENTRY for EACH prize.

2016 Prize Committee:

Ms. Sides, Chair; Mr. Cain; Ms. Cezair-Thompson; Mr. Chiasson; Mr. Rosenwald; Mr. Wallenstein

Deadline is Monday, April 11, 2016, at noon.