Each year, the Department of English recognizes three undergraduate writers in English department classes with the Peter Burton Hanson Awards: one given for the best scholarly essay written by an English major, combined major, or minor; one given for the best creative work; and one for the best work not falling under the scholarly or creative writing categories. The awards are named honor of Peter Burton Hanson, SSH’91, an English major, who perished along with his wife, Sue Kim, and young daughter, Christine Lee, aboard United Airlines Flight 175, on 9/11/01. Three prizes of $200 each are awarded at a special presentation in the spring semester.
Submissions are solicited at the beginning of each spring semester for work completed in classes in the previous calendar year.
Scholarly Writing includes essays on British, American, and comparative literature, literary theory, rhetoric, and film.
Creative Writing includes short stories, chapters from book-length works, poetry, creative nonfiction (such as memoirs), plays, and screenplays.
Other includes any piece that cannot properly be described as creative or scholarly writing.