2013-2014 GUIDELINES FOR ENGLISH DEPARTMENT PRIZES
The College offers a number of prizes to students. The prizes may be thought of as forming two groups: those for which students must submit work themselves, and those awarded by faculty nomination.
PRIZES THROUGH SUBMISSION (Creative Writing)
Students must submit two copies of a manuscript to the English Department Office by Monday, March 24, noon, 2014. Each manuscript will be submitted automatically for all possible prizes. Judges for the prizes are published poets, fiction writers, or nonfiction writers who are not members of the Skidmore faculty.
POETRY (submit manuscript of 10 or more pages)
1. Frances Steloff Poetry Prize
Established by Frances Steloff, founder of the Gotham Book Mart, and awarded to an outstanding poet.
2. English Department Distinguished Writing Award in Poetry
3. The Academy of American Poets Award
FICTION (submit one story, roughly 10-20 pages each, though longer or shorter stories are
1. Sara Bennett Prize for Fiction
Established by the Bennett family in memory of Sara Bennett, Class of 1992.
2. English Department Distinguished Writing Award in Fiction
3. Denise Marcil Prize for Fiction
Established by Denise Marcil, a literary agent and Skidmore alumna, who chooses the winning story from among six or seven stories selected by the judges.
NONFICTION (submit manuscript of no more than 20 pages)
English Department Distinguished Writing Award in Nonfiction
This award recognizes excellent student work in creative nonfiction and is open to students in all years and in all majors. Students are encouraged to submit manuscripts in any form of creative nonfiction, such as the personal essay, the arts review, the travel essay, environmental journalism, memoir, profile, and portraiture.
PRIZES BY FACULTY NOMINATION (In this category, students cannot make submissions)
1. Edwin Moseley Prize in English
This prize is awarded to a senior in English who has shown outstanding promise as a literary
critic, scholar, poet, or fiction writer, and who intends to pursue graduate studies or a career in
writing. Faculty nominations are due to the Department Chair on or before Monday, March 31.
2. Sally Chapman Thompson Prize in English
The Sally Chapman Thompson Prize is awarded annually to the student who has excelled as a
critic or scholar during his/her career as an English major. Faculty nominations are due to the
Department Chair on or before Monday, March 31.
For both prizes one and two, nominators should submit a letter of nomination describing the student’s credentials and achievements. The nominators should also request from the students a sample of written work. The Chair will obtain transcripts for all students nominated and compile a prize folder (including all these documents) for department faculty to examine. The department will deliberate and decide on the winners at the April 5 meeting.
3. English Department Distinguished Writing Award for the Essay
These awards recognize excellent student essays at the 100-, 200-, and 300-level.
Members of the faculty submit papers to the Honors and Awards Committee, which consists
of department members who evaluate and discuss the nominations and announce the award
winners at a ceremony in the spring semester. Submissions due at noon on April 15 to the
Chair of Honors and Awards Committee, Kate Greenspan.
4. Miranda Warner Award
The Honors and Awards Committee also annually selects the recipient of the Miranda Warner
Award; this award, established in memory of Miranda Warner, Class of ’79, recognizes a
student who produces exemplary literary criticism on the work of a female author, or an essay
sensitive to women’s issues. Submissions due at noon on April 15 to the Chair of the Honors
and Awards Committee, Kate Greenspan.
5. Periclean Scholar Awards
The Periclean Honor Society gives special recognition to as many as four outstanding senior
projects (thesis, performance, exhibit, etc.) in any academic discipline. The deadline is
Friday, April 19, 4:30 pm for submitting nominated (and finished) senior projects, with
necessary support letter, to the Periclean Awards Committee. News of a nominated performance or exhibit (as in Art, Music, Dance, Theater) must reach the committee at least two weeks before the event .
6. Joseph C. Palamountain Prose Award
Two $750 awards (one for first-year student and sophomore submissions, another for junior
and senior entries) for non-fiction papers, personal essays, or brief analytical essays on any
subject. Maximum length for first-year and sophomore papers is ten pages, for juniors and
seniors, fifteen pages.
Submissions should be:
margins – 1 inch top, bottom, and sides
Times New Roman font – no smaller than 12 point.
Entries will be accepted until March 25h in the English Department Office-PMH 313.