Annual Writing Competition
Submissions for the 2018 competition are open! Submissions for the competition will be accepted throughout the 2017-18 academic year, but will not be judged until spring 2018.
You must be a current Northwestern University student to submit.
The English Department announces the annual competition for prizes in writing. The prizes are cash awards ranging from $50 to $500. We encourage students from every department and school within Northwestern to compete according to the guidelines below.
Any original work is eligible, whether or not it has been written for a class. Your name must be completely removed from the document, and all comments by teachers on the course papers, however, should also be removed. A legible scanned of the entry copy is acceptable as long as it is in pdf format; handwritten work is not acceptable. Please follow these rules:
- Any original work is eligible, whether or not it was written for a class.
- Students may submit only one work in each of the following categories: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction essay, critical essay, ENG 300 (formerly 298) paper.
- The length for critical essays is 5-20 pages; the maximum length for fiction and creative nonfiction is 20 pages; the maximum length for a poetry manuscript is 10 pages or 3 poems.
- Students do not need to submit work for a specific prize; we will consider it for all appropriate prizes.
Work will be judged anonymously.
Manuscripts must be submitted online by 3:00 pm on Monday, May 7th.
Creative Writing Awards Eligibility
|CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY||EDWIN L. SHUMAN AWARD for CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY||Any WCAS undergraduate|
|FICTION||EDWIN L. SHUMAN AWARD for FICTION||Any WCAS undergraduate|
|POETRY||FARICY AWARD for POETRY may be divided among two or more students||Any University Undergraduate|
|POETRY||JEAN MEYER ALOE PRIZE from the ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS||Any University Undergraduate|
|FICTION||ENGLISH DEPARTMENT PRIZE for FICTION||Any University graduate or undergraduate|
|CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY||ENGLISH DEPARTMENT PRIZE for CREATIVE NONFICTION ESSAY||Any University graduate or undergraduate|
|CREATIVE WRITING||THE HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZES for CREATIVE WRITING specific categories will vary||Any University undergraduate|
|AUDIO/VISUAL||THE HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE FOR LITERARY MEDIA||Any University undergraduate|
Literature Awards Eligibility
|CRITICAL ESSAY||EDWIN L. SHUMAN AWARD for CRITICAL ESSAY||Any WCAS undergraduate|
|ENGLISH 300 PAPER||MAYO PRIZE is awarded for the best paper submitted each year in English 300(formerly 298)||Any undergraduate student who took English 300 in Spring 2016, Fall 2016, or Winter 2017|
|CRITICAL ESSAY||HARRIET GILLIAM MEMORIAL PRIZE for the best essay dealing with the psychological or psychoanalytic interpretation of a literary text||Any University undergraduate|
|ENGLISH FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR PAPER||The HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE for BEST ENGLISH FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR PAPER||Any Northwestern first-year undergraduate student|
|CRITICAL ESSAY||HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE for BEST CRITICAL ESSAY on LITERATURE, pre-1830||Any University undergraduate|
|CRITICAL ESSAY||HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE for BEST CRITICAL ESSAY on AMERICAN LITERATURE||Any University undergraduate|
|CRITICAL ESSAY||HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE for BEST CRITICAL ESSAY on LITERARY CRITICISM and THEORY||Any University undergraduate|
|CRITICAL ESSAY||HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE for BEST CRITICAL ESSAY on GLOBAL ENGLISH||Any University undergraduate|
|CRITICAL ESSAY||HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE for BEST CRITICAL ESSAY on BRITISH LITERATURE||Any University undergraduate|
|AUDIO/VISUAL||HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE for LITERATURE and NEW MEDIA||Any University undergraduate|
|RESEARCH PAPER||HELEN G. SCOTT PRIZE for BEST RESEARCH PAPER on LITERATURE||Any University undergraduate|
|CRITICAL ESSAY||ENGLISH DEPARTMENT PRIZE for CRITICAL NONFICTION||Any University graduate or undergraduate|
In addition to the prizes listed above, the Department will annually present the following awards to students who have demonstrated continued excellence in their work in the English Department. Students should not apply directly for these prizes.
Edwin L. Shuman Awards:
The Shuman Junior Award in Creative Writing will be awarded to the best junior Creative Writing major.
The Shuman Senior Award in Creative Writing will be awarded to the best senior Creative Writing major.
The Shuman Award for Best Honors Thesis in Creative Writing will be awarded to the best creative honors thesis.
The Shuman Junior Award in Literature will be awarded to the best junior English Literature major.
The Shuman Senior Award in Literature will be awarded to the best senior English Literature major.
The Shuman Award for Best Honors Thesis in Literature will be awarded to the best critical honors thesis.Back to top