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Peter Hanson Writing Awards

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.

DEADLINE:  Work should be submitted via the submission form no later than 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 12.

Guidelines for Submission:

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, e.boeckeler@northeastern.edu