Every year, the English Department offers prizes for distinguished writing by Wellesley College students.
The competition is open to all Wellesley College undergraduates. Click here to see 2017 prize winners.
2017 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 shorter 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 (a "short" essay is at most 3,500 words, or around 8 manuscript pages)
- 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 (a "longer" essay is around 3,500 words or 9+ pages)
- 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)
For EACH entry, submit:
1. A HARD copy of your manuscript and cover sheet (available at www.wellesley.edu/English/prizes) to the English Prizes box located in the English Dept. office, FND 103; and
2. An ELECTRONIC copy of your manuscript and cover sheet sent as e-mail attachments addressed to English-Prizes@wellesley.edu. Specify the appropriate prize name -- “Wing,” “Wainwright,” “American Academy of Poets,” etc. -- in the subject line.
Each entry should be labeled on page 1 of the manuscript with the prize name: Student’s name, Class, Banner ID #, and appropriate prize name. Entries must be typewritten, double-spaced (poems may be single spaced), pages numbered. If you're not sure whether your essay is "shorter" or "longer," just submit and the Prize Committee Chair will make sure each essay finds it proper category!
Students may submit ONE ENTRY for EACH prize.
2017 Prize Committee:
Ms. Sides, Chair; Mr. Bidart; Mr. Cain; Ms. Cezair-Thompson; Mr. Chiasson; Mr. Rosenwald; Mr. Wallenstein
Deadline is Monday, April 10, 2017, at noon.