Awards

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The Marlee and James Myers Award

For the best undergraduate essays in lower-level Literature courses taught by Graduate Teaching Fellows.
Prizes total up to $500

Deadline for receipt of submissions: early October, with exact date changing from years to year.

Guidelines:

  1. Essays must be minimum of 1000 words long, maximum 10 pages.
  2. Essays must have been written during the 2010-2011 academic year, from any term including Summer sessions, for an English Literature or Film course at the University of Pittsburgh below the 1000 level, taught by a Graduate Teaching Fellow (ask the instructor if you are unsure).
  3. Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers
  4. Students can submit only one essay each. Essays that have won other University-sponsore awards are not eligible. Essays should not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
  5. Email electronic copy to JBK35@pitt.edu. No Paper submissions.
  6. Author's name should appear only on a separate cover page that also includes: the essay's title; the author's address, phone number, and email address the name of the award for which the essay is being submitted; the name of the course, and the instructor for whom the essay was written.
  7. Assignment may be included, if necessary, to clarify the essay.

Inquiries to brumble@pitt.edu

The Carol Kay Award

For the Best Undergraduate Essays on British Literature from 1500 to 1900.
Prizes totaling up to $500

  1. Essays must be at least 8 pages long.
  2. Essays may have been written at any point during an undergraduate's career at the University of Pittsburgh.
  3. Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers.
  4. No more than one submission per student. Essays that have won other university-sponsored awards in prior years are not eligible. Essays should not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
  5. Email electronic copy to JBK35@pitt.edu. No paper copies.
  6. Author's name should appear only on a separate cover page that also includes: the essay's title; the author's address, phone number, and email address; the name of the award for which the essay in being submitted; and (if applicable) the course at Pitt for which the essay was written and the name of the instructor.
  7. Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify an essay.

Winners will be honored at the University's Honor Convocation.
Inquiries to brumble@pitt.edu

The J.K and Gertrude Miller Prize

For the Best Undergraduate Essays on: Medieval or 20th century British literature
Commonwealth or Global literature in English
World literature in English translation
Literary or cultural theory
Prizes totaling up to $500

Deadline for Receipt of Submissions: early October, with exact date changing from year to year.

Guidelines:

  1. Essays must be at least 8 pages long.
  2. Essays may have been written at any point during an undergraduate's career in the Pitt English Department.
  3. Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers.
  4. Essays that have won other university-sponsored awards in prior years are not eligible; Essays should not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
  5. Email electronic copy to JBK35@pitt.edu. No paper copies.
  6. Author's name should appear only on a separate cover sheet that also includes: the essay's title, the author's address, phone number, and email address; the name of the award for which the essay is being submitted; and (if applicable) the course at Pitt for which the essay was written and the name of the instructor.
  7. Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify an essay.

Inquiries to brumble@pitt.edu

The James Snead Award

For the best undergraduate essays dealing with one or more of the following:

  • Film
  • African-American Literature
  • American Literature
  • German Literature

Prizes totaling up to $1000
Deadline for Receipt of Submissions: early October, with exact date changing from year to year.
Guidelines:

  1. Essays must be at least 8 pages long.
  2. Essays may have been written at any point during an undergraduate's career at the University of Pittsburgh.
  3. Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers.
  4. Essays that have won other university-sponsored awards in prior years are not eligible. Essays should not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
  5. Email electronic coy to JBK35@pitt.edu. No paper copies.
  6. Author's name should appear only on a separate cover page that also includes: the essay's title; the author's address, phone number, and email address; the name of the award for which the essay is being submitted; and (if applicable) the course at Pitt for which the essay was written and the name of the instructor.
  7. Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify an essay.

Winners will be honored at the University's Honors Convocation.
Inquiries to brumble@pitt.edu

Click here to see past Undergraduate Literature Award recipients (2007-2013).