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Undergraduate Program

Writing Prizes

The Department of English holds two writing contests each year. Calls for entry are posted mid-February, with submissions due in late March. Prize winners are announced in April and participate in a student reading.

Guidelines:

  • Submit two copies of your original, typed and double spaced.
  • Choose a pseudonym and write it on EACH page of your submission. Your real name should NOT appear on any page of your story or poetry.
  • Fill out a submission form, which is also available at the English office.
  • Each student is allowed only one submission in each category.
  • Submissions will not be returned.

Submissions must be turned in to 210 East Hall by 4:00 PM on the due date.

The Academy of American Poets Poetry Prize

The Academy of American Poets offers more than 200 prizes each year to college students who have excelled at writing poetry. Founded in 1955, the University and College Poetry Prize has awarded more than $350,000 to nearly 10,000 students since it began. The program is notable for having recognized many of America's premier poetic voices during their college years, including Diane Ackerman, Alice Fulton, Tess Gallagher, Allen Grossman, Kimiko Hahn, Robert Hass, Brad Leithauser, J.D. McClatchy, Heather McHugh, and Gregory Orr, among others.

The Academy offers first-, second- and third-place awards to three Tufts undergraduate students each year. The first-place winner receives a prize of $100.

2015-2016 Winners
1st place: Joy Chee
Honorable mention: David Weber-Schloss, Aishvarya Arora

2014-2015 Winners
1st Place: David Weber-Schloss
Honorable mention: Angie Lou, Aishvarya Arora

2013-2014 Winners

Anna Ohara
David Weber-Schloss

2012-2013 Winners
1st place: Carter Wilkinson
Honorable mention: Emma Turner

2011-2012 Winners
1st place: Theresa Sullivan
Honorable mention: Alexandra Reed

2010-2011 Winners
1st place: Theresa Sullivan
Honorable mentions: Ashley Wood; Lindsey Citron
The Morse Hamilton Fiction Prize

The Morse Hamilton Fiction Prize, sponsored by the Department of English, recognizes one full-time Tufts undergraduate each year who has excelled at fiction writing. The prize is named after the late Professor Morse Hamilton, who was a memorable and beloved figure in the English department for many years.

Students may submit fictional works of any length. The winner, selected by a fiction writer outside the department, will be awarded a prize of $100. In addition, submissions may be selected for honorable mention.
2015-2016 Winners
1st place: Thomas Tarrant
Honorable mentions: Angela Bell, Wil Glavin

2014-2015 Winners
Angie Lou
Molly Zimetbaum

2013-2014 Winners
1st place: Puloma Ghosh
Honorable mentions: Nicole Gonzalez, Molly Zimetbaum, Missy Philips