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  • Friday, March 1, 2024 - 12:00pm


The Department of English recognizes superlative student work with annual essay prizes and special contests, including:

  1. College Alumni Society Henry Reed Prize, for the best essay written by an undergraduate on the literature of the English Renaissance. 
  2. Phillip E. Goldfein Class of 1934 Shakespeare Prize, for the best undergraduate essay on Shakespeare. 
  3. Dosoretz Family Prize, for the best essay written by a graduating senior English major.  
  4. Nancy Rafetto Leach Sweeten Prize, for the best undergraduate essay on American literature.

The deadline for submissions is NOON, FRIDAY, MARCH 1st

The Annual Student Essay Prize requirements are the following:

  1. Only one entry per student per prize. If you enter two contests, you must submit one essay for each contest.
  2. Please do not submit the same essay for more than one prize.
  3. Essays from Spring 2024, Fall 2023, Spring 2023, and Fall 2022 are eligible.
  4. All submissions must be in by March 1, 2024, at noon.

Entries must be submitted online using the below form. If you are applying for more than one contest, you need to submit to this link one time per entry.

For more information regarding the listed awards, contact Loretta M. Witham Turner in the English Department at:


Please note: Winners are announced at the End-of-Year Party for English Majors and Minors on May 2nd. Save the date!