Writing Contests

English Department undergraduates may submit work to a number of writing contests sponsored by the department or other units of the University:

George B. Anderson Awards

Christopher Rawson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette drama critic and member of the English Department, annually sponsors up to three monetary awards for published theater reviews by college students. Any undergraduate in any college in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area is eligible. For details, contact cchr@pitt.edu, crawson@post-gazette.com, or 412-263-1666.

Carol Kay Essay Award

This award is for the best undergraduate essays on British Literature between 1500 and 1900. See contest details.

James Snead Memorial Award

This award is for the best undergraduate essays dealing with one or more of the following: film, African American literature, German literature, and American literature. See contest details and deadlines.

J.K. and Gertrude Miller Award

This award is for the best undergraduate essays dealing with medieval or 20th century British literature, commonwealth or global literature in English, world literature in English translation, or literary or cultural theory. See contest details and deadlines.

Marlee and James Myers Award

This award is for the best undergraduate essays in lower-level literature courses taught by graduate teaching fellows. See contest details and deadlines.

Composition Program Writing Awards

Two prizes are awarded annually to honor outstanding work by student writers in any of Pitt's composition courses. See contest details and deadlines.

Edwin O. Ochester Poetry Award

Sponsored by Edwin Ochester in memory of his father, $250 is awarded annually for the best poem written in undergraduate poetry workshops ENGWRT 1210 or 1730. Deadline is normally in the spring. Consult the Writing Program with questions.

Edythe Portz Prizes

The Pittsburgh Undergraduate Review awards prizes of $250 to the best essay published in each semester's issue. Essays may deal with any subject in the arts and sciences and should be at least 10 typed, double-spaced pages in length. The Review adjudicates the prizes by soliciting the opinions of faculty referees. For further details, visit www.pur.honorscollege.pitt.edu/index.php.

Film Studies Undergraduate Writing Award

This award, which includes a $250 prize, honors outstanding essays on film. The deadline normally falls in January; consult the Film Studies Program's office in 624 Cathedral of Learning for current guidelines.

Fred Koloc Award for Outstanding Progress in Intentive Seminar

Any student whose progress in Intensive Workshop in Composition has been outstanding may be nominated by his or her teacher for this award.

McDowell Award in Nonfiction

This is awarded to the best undergraduate nonfiction writing submission. A prize of $1,000 in tuition remission is awarded upon faculty nomination. This award honors the late Pittsburgh television newsman Al McDowell. For details, contact the Writing Program.

Montgomery Culver Award in Fiction

This is awarded to the best short story written by an undergraduate currently enrolled in a fiction class at Pitt. Deadline is in the spring, and the $100 prize is adjudicated by a special panel. For details, contact the Writing Program.

Ossip Awards

The School of Arts and Sciences sponsors this annual competition to recognize and promote fine nonfiction prose writing in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Cash prizes are awarded for winning entries in research writing, critical writing, and independent scholarly writing. See contest details and deadlines.

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize

Undergraduate entries must have been prepared initially for a course, seminar, independent study, or internship at Pitt, and should represent the student’s original work. See contest details and deadlines.