The Department of English is pleased to announce the Peter Burton Hanson undergraduate writing awards, given for the best submissions in the categories of scholarly writing and creative writing respectively.
Two prizes of $250 each for the best work written in an undergraduate English course (excluding first-year writing courses and Advanced Writing in the Disciplines courses) will be awarded at a special presentation and reception at the end of this semester. One prize is awarded in the category of Scholarly Writing, the other in the category of Creative Writing.
Only English majors, combined majors, and minors are eligible, and all English majors and minors are invited to apply. Students may submit work in either, or both, categories.
- Eligible for consideration under the category of Scholarly Writing are critical essays on topics in British, American, and comparative literature, as well as on topics in literary theory, writing/rhetoric, and film.
- Eligible for consideration under the category of Creative Writing are short stories, chapters from longer works of fiction, poems or small collections of poems, creative prose nonfiction, plays, and screenplays.
DEADLINE: Work should be submitted via the submission form no later than 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 12.
Guidelines for Submission:
- Submit one electronic copy of each essay or creative work in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Work should be double-spaced and should use a standard 12-point font.
- The title should appear on the first page of the submission, but the student’s name should not appear in the work itself. The faculty judges will not know the authors of the submissions.
- The submission website will also ask you for your name, NU email, a phone number, academic level, major, the work’s title, the name of the course for which the work was written, the course instructor’s name, the semester of the course, and whether it should be considered in the “creative” or “scholarly writing” category.
- Students are welcome to revise their work in accordance with the instructor’s suggestions before submitting it to the writing contest.
- A student may submit no more than one work in each category (collections of shorter works, such as a group of poems, will be evaluated as one submission in the Creative Writing category).
- Submissions in the Scholarly Writing category should be at least five pages long. Submissions in either the Scholarly Writing or the Creative Writing category should not exceed twenty-five pages.
- Submissions in both categories are limited to work written for Northeastern University courses in 2017. Resubmissions are not permitted.
Please note that failure to follow these guidelines may result in disqualification.
The works in each category are judged by a panel of faculty. Anonymity is preserved, and toward that end, faculty members do not judge work written for their own classes.
The prize winners will present their work and receive their awards at a special reception at the end of the Spring semester, held on Friday, April 13, 2018 from 3:30- 5:00 pm in Renaissance Park 310. It is important that winners make every attempt to attend the ceremony. We hope that other entrants and English majors will also attend this festive event. Refreshments will be served.
For further information, please contact Professor Erika Boeckeler, firstname.lastname@example.org