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Essay Awards

Each term the English Department honors one major with an award for the outstanding student essay on any subject. The winning essay is chosen from essays nominated by the English faculty. The Stephen Swig Essay Prize, named for a distinguished alumnus of the department, comes with an award of $500. Click here for Winners List.

Annual Awards

For the first time this year, we are pleased to award a prize for the best essay in Shakespeare studies from 2012-2013, from papers nominated by faculty. The first recipient of the A. Kingsley Weatherhead Shakespeare Essay Prize a $300 award endowed by a generous gift from Gloria Lee in honor of her husband the late Robert Lee, is Zoe Livelybrooks for: “KIng Lear from Film Adaptation to Rough and Holy Theater” written for Lisa Freinkel’s Shakespeare on Page and Stage course.

The Thelma and Stanley Greenfield English Honors Thesis Prize, a $1,000 award to the best English honors thesis from the year, named in honor of two of the English Department’s most beloved former Professors. The first recipient of the Greenfield English Honors Thesis is Tucker Mollers for “Driving On,” a creative thesis written under the direction of Mary Ellen Wood and Corbett Upton.