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The Literature Program announces its seventh annual Literature Graduate Writing Award for the best essay in literary and cultural studies written by a graduate student.  The award celebrates the work done in our graduate English Literature courses.  Examples of appropriate topics for essays include: analysis of one or more literary works; cultural debates and criticism; relationships amongst different genres, media, critical traditions, or disciplines.  Essays may employ a wide range of theoretical and critical perspectives.  The prize recognizes both traditional academic essays and work that draws on other genres and media. 

The submissions are judged by a Graduate Literature Prize Committee, which is selected from the Literature Program faculty.   

The award carries a cash prize of $400, which may be distributed amongst multiple deserving entries at the discretion of the judges.

The winner(s) will be announced in Fall 2014.

Eligibility and Guidelines:

Any registered M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. student in the Department of English may submit one essay for consideration.  The essay must have been originally submitted for an English Department literature graduate course from Fall 2013 or Spring 2014. Students are encouraged to revise the paper before submitting it for the award.

The body of the essay should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages; endnotes and bibliography are over and above that limit.  Please use MLA or Chicago style.  (If your submission departs from the forms or media of a traditional academic essay, use your discretion as to what would be an appropriate comparable length.)

Please include a separate cover sheet with the title of the paper and the following information: the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and Peoplesoft number, as well as the course for which the paper was written and the instructor of that course.  The applicant’s name must not appear on any page of the actual manuscript.

One electronic copy of the paper should be submitted to Amy Murray Twyning (Literature Program Assistant): no later than noon on Monday, June 16th.

Please direct questions to: Amy Murray Twyning (

DEADLINE:                   Friday, June 16th, 2014, 12:00 noon