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

Reading WomanThe 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.