English Department Writing Prizes

Every year, the English Department gives a number of awards for outstanding writing by students. I want to encourage you all to consider submitting something. The guidelines are below. Let me know if you have any questions–or need any help with the process. The deadline is April 19.

2013 QUEENS COLLEGE UNDERGRAD WRITING PRIZES

Guidelines for Submission

All currently matriculated QC undergrads, as well as those undergrads who finished in December 2012 but are graduating in June 2013, are eligible for prizes awarded in Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama, Poetry, Translation; and in work in any genre done in Composition courses, English 95, 110, and SEEK English 110 and 120.  Students may submit work in any or all categories; work done as a class assignment is eligible.  The Composition Prizes are limited to students whose work for English 95, 110, and SEEK 110 and 120 was done in either Fall 2012 or Spring 2013.  Page limits: for Non-fiction and Fiction, 20 pages; for Poetry, 10 pages; for Drama, two one-act plays or one full-length play.  All entries must be formatted according to MLA guidelines for English papers; students unsure of these guidelines may consult the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) at the following address:

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

ENTRIES NOT FORMATTED IN MLA STYLE WILL NOT BE READ.
Entries are due in the Eng. Dept. Office, Klapper Hall 607, noon Friday, April 19th.

Follow this procedure in submitting work:

Students may submit work in any or all categories. If you are submitting work for a specific non-fiction prize (The David B. Feinberg Prize, The Renaissance Prize, etc.) please indicate in your cover sheet.

All entries must be typed on 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper, plain font, 12 pitch, the pages numbered. Put two copies of your entry in a manila envelope labeled with a pseudonym, rather than the student’s real name, and the genre of your submission or specific non-fiction category (e.g., Fiction, Poetry, The Gilmore D. Clark Prize, etc.), and deposit it in the available box in the English Dept.  Students must submit a separate entry for each genre.  If you are submitting in three genres, you will submit three separate manila envelopes. Each entry must contain one cover sheet with the following information:

Pseudonym
Real Name and SS#
Genre of your submission
Specific non-fiction category (if necessary)
Address, Phone Number, Email Address

If you are submitting work in translation for the GREGORY RABASSA PRIZE IN LITERARY TRANSLATION, guidelines are available on a separate handout.

Here is a list of specified non-fiction prizes; all prizes carry monetary awards in the range of $50 to $500, but the amounts vary from year to year:

COMPOSITION PRIZE FOR WORK DONE IN ENGLISH 95

COMPOSITION PRIZE FOR WORK DONE IN ENGLISH 110

COMPOSITION PRIZE FOR WORK DONE IN SEEK 110 AND 120

THE GILMORE D. CLARK PRIZE FOR AN ESSAY DONE IN ENGLISH 165W

CLINTON OLIVER PRIZE FOR WORK IN BLACK AMERICAN STUDIES

LEO STATSKY PRIZE FOR AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL WORK ON ENCOUNTERS WITH AMERICAN LIFE

THE CATHY DAVIDSON PRIZE FOR SCHOLARSHIP ON AMERICAN LITERATURE PRE-1865

THE FACULTY PRIZE FOR AN ESSAY ON EARLY MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE

THE EDMUND L. EPSTEIN MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR AN OUTSTANDING ESSAY ON TWENTIETH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE

DAVID B. FEINBERG PRIZE FOR AN ESSAY ON GENDER AND SEXUALITY

QC ALUMNI PRIZE FOR AN ESSAY ON LATINO/LATINA STUDIES

QC ALUMNI PRIZE FOR AN ESSAY ON ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES

Prize winners will be contacted by Friday, May 3rd.
The Writing Prizes’ Ceremony will take place during the second week of May. Exact time and location to be announced.

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