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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.
Submissions must be emailed to Jennifer LeBlanc 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.
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.
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