Department of English Awards


 

Every year, the English Department recognizes exceptional students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Below you will find all of the awards offered and their respective criteria should you wish to participate. Good luck to all participants!

Applications for 2022-23 are now open; the deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

Guidelines:

  • All entrants must be currently enrolled at FSU.

  • All entries must be submitted in two parts: first, electronically through the FS4U scholarship system. To use the system,

    • first identify the award you're aiming for on the list above; then search for it by name in the FS4U awards system to check your eligibility and other details. For help using the system, check out the information pages on the new site, https://foundation.fsu.edu/fs4u
    • second, please email a PDF of your entry to the chair of the Awards committee, Dr. Anne Coldiron, for consideration by the Awards committee judges. Just title your email with the Award you're aiming for and attach the submission. No cover letter required.
    • A manuscript may be entered in one contest only; students may enter different contests but may not use the same manuscript in more than one contest. Similarly, a student may not submit more than one manuscript to a single contest.
    • Students must also complete a university wide General Application and College of Arts & Sciences Application inside the FS4U/academicworks.com portal before applying to a specific English Award.
    • All work submitted must be previously unpublished.

       

    Winners of the 2022-23 awards will be announced at the English Department Awards Ceremony in late April.


    Undergraduate

    Cody Harris Allen Award: 3 awards (one winner and two honorable mentions)

    Recipients must be an Undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English who demonstrates academic achievement. Applicants are required to submit one of the following:

    • One entry per person may be submitted for:
      • poetry (up to 10 pp.)
      • short fiction (up to 25 pp.)
      • essay (up to 25 pp.)
      • play (up to 60 pp.)
      • screenplay (up to 60 pp.)
    • Include a cover page with the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
    Sassaman Award: 1 Award

    Recipient must be an Undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English who demonstrates academic achievement. Applicants are required to submit one of the following:

    • Creative Writing: Submit a single entry (three or more poems, short story, creative nonfiction, novel chapter, one-act play, or an act from a full-length play) from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
    • Critical Writing: Submit a single essay from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
    Steven D. Schloff Award: 3 awards

    Recipient must be an Undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English who demonstrates academic achievement.

    • One entry per person may be submitted for each of the following categories:
      • poetry (up to 10 pp.)
      • short fiction (up to 25 pp.)
      • creative non-fiction (up to 25 pp.)
    • Include a cover page with the name of the specific competition you wish to enter, listed as "Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Poetry Competition," " Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Fiction Competition," or "Steven D. Schloff Creative Writing Awards: Creative Non-Fiction Competition." Also list the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
    George and Ruth Yost Award for Best Personal Essay: 1 award

    Recipient must be an Undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English who demonstrates academic achievement.

    • Submit a single personal essay from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
    John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award: 1 award

    Recipient must be an Undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English.

    • Submit a single personal essay from any upper-level FSU English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
    Robert Adler Endowed Memorial Fellowship in English: 1 award

    Recipient must be an Undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English.

    Gerald Ensley Emerging Journalist Endowed Fund: 1 award

    Recipient must be a student in the Department of English within the College of Arts & Sciences. Preference will be given to students focusing in print journalism, history, political science, or another career that utilizes good storytelling. Preference also for students who wish to work at the Tallahassee Democrat or FSView/Florida Flambeau. Preference also for students with a passion for Tallahassee who intend to stay in the area. Students should exhibit financial need.

    Waters Fund for Excellence in Literature: 1 award

    Recipient must be an Undergraduate student in the English department within the College of Arts & Sciences with at least a 3.0 GPA.

    Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Achievership Award: 1 award

    Undergraduate award is promoted in conjunction with the Honors program/Undergraduate Studies.

    Graduate

    Sassaman Award

    Recipient must be a Graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English who demonstrates academic achievement. Applicants are required to submit one of the following:

    • Creative Writing: Submit a single entry (three or more poems, a short story, a work of creative nonfiction, a chapter from a novel, a one-act play, or an act from a full-length play) from any graduate-level English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
    • Critical Writing: Submit a single essay from any graduate-level English class in the previous calendar year. Cover page must include the title of work, author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as the name of the professor and the class the paper was written for and the term the class was taken.
    John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award: 1 award

    Recipient must be a Graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English.

    • Applicants should submit up to 5 poems of any length. Include a cover page with titles of the poems, the author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. The author’s name should not appear on any other page of the entry.
    Adam M. Johnson Endowed Fund for Excellence (creative writing)

    Recipient must be a Graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English Creating Writing Program whose narrative work involves or requires off campus research. The off-campus research might include, but is not limited to, research at national libraries, museums and other institutions within the United States and abroad.

    • Applicants should submit a brief (500 word) description of your project, along with a brief sample (10 pages fiction, 3 pages poetry) of the work itself.
    Robert Adler Endowed Memorial Fellowship in English

    Recipient must be a Graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences within the Department of English.

    Waters Fund for Excellence in Literature

    Recipient must be a Graduate student in the English department within the College of Arts & Sciences with at least a 3.0 GPA.

    Fred L. Standley Award Most Effective Teacher Among Graduate Assistants
    Edward H. and Marie C. Kingsbury Fellowship Award

     

    In addition to the above awards, administered by the English Department Awards Committee, the following awards are available.

    Administered by the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies; contact Dr. Meegan Kennedy for information

    Mart P. Hill Award for Outstanding English Honors Thesis

    Fred L. Standley Award for Undergraduate Excellence

    The John and Susan Ausley Endowment FundUndergraduate Award administered through the College of Arts & Sciences

    Administered by the Director, College Composition Program; contact Dr. Elias Dominguez-Barajas for information

    James McCrimmon Award for Outstanding Student Writing in College Composition

    Marian Bashinski Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition

    Robert O. Lawton Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition

    Bryan Hall Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Composition

    Administered by the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies; contact Dr. Mark Winegardner for information

    J. Russell Reaver Award for Outstanding Dissertation in American Literature

    Bertram and Ruth Davis Award for Outstanding Career as a Graduate Student

    Bertram and Ruth Davis Award for Outstanding Dissertation in English Literature, Criticism, Linguistics or Rhetoric


Check this page regularly for updated information.

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