Awards

Each year, the Department of English recognizes the work of promising and talented students with awards funded primarily through endowments made by generous donors. Below you will find detailed information, including submission guidelines and eligibility, for each of the awards. Application deadline April 3, 2020. 

Short overview

  • The Carl R. Greer/Andrew D. Hepburn Awards in English
    Four awards: Past awards ranged from $800 to $5000.
  • The Edward J. Montaine Awards in English
    Three awards: Past awards ranged from $1000 to $3000.
  • The Almy Awards in Critical Studies
    Two awards, about $600 each.
  • The Daniel and Margaret Bookwalter Awards in Creative Writing
    Two awards, about $150 each.
  • The Linguistics Award
    One award of $100
  • The Literature Essay Award
    One award of $500
  • The Mary Jo Priest Memorial Awards in Professional Writing
    Three awards, $350 each.

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Awards in Detail

The Carl R. Greer/Andrew D Hepburn Awards and the Edward J. Montaine Awards

Eligibility

  • students enrolled in programs in English and/or Journalism; must be enrolled at Miami in Fall 2020 to receive the award;
  • for Greer-Hepburn: senior standing (96+ credit hours) at the start of the 2020-21 academic year;
  • for Montaine: junior standing (64+ credit hours) at the start of the 2020-21 year;
  • students 3.0 or higher overall GPA

Category “Journalism”

  • Submit a portfolio of five to ten published articles of journalistic writing and a cover essay of 250 words describing your growth as a journalistic writer. The writing may be any combination of the following: news stories, news features, editorials, reviews, feature articles, sports stories, columns. The writing must have been published in one of the following while the student was an undergraduate: student newspaper, professional newspaper, web magazine, student newspaper web page, professional newspaper web page, student magazine, professional magazine.

Category “Poetry”

  • Submit a collection of poems—not more than five poems. Use single-spacing.

Category “Creative Writing” (fiction or creative non-fiction)

  • Submit one story, an excerpt from a novel, or essay—not more than twenty pages long, double-spaced.

Other information specific to the poetry and creative writing awards:

  • the student may submit only one entry, in either poetry or prose;
  • no winning manuscript from previous years may be submitted;
  • the contest will be judged by a writer not affiliated with Miami University;
  • the Department of English cannot be held accountable for loss of manuscripts.

The Almy Awards in Critical Studies

Eligibility

  • students majoring or minoring in English, or other students currently enrolled in one of the Department’s literature courses
  • enrolled during the 2020/21 academic year (graduating seniors are not eligible)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher

What you must submit:

an essay with a maximum length of 20 pages that is informed by contemporary literary or cultural theory and that was completed in one of the Department’s courses.


The Daniel and Margaret Bookwalter Awards in Creative Writing

Eligibility

  • rising sophomores only (students must have sophomore status at the start of the 2020-21 academic year)
  • must major or minor in the department of English or take a Creative Writing course for credit during the current academic year

What you must submit:

either not more than five poems or one story or excerpt from a novel, not more than twenty pages long.


The Linguistics Award

Eligibility

  • all Linguistics majors and minors, or Miami students currently or formerly enrolled in one of the English department's linguistics courses

What you must submit:

an essay written for a linguistics course at Miami (between 5-15 pages in length)


The Mary Jo Priest Memorial Awards in Professional Writing

This award memorializes Mary Jo Priest who graduated from Miami with a Masters in Technical Communication. The award is given in three categories:

  1. Rhetorical Analysis,
  2. Proposal or Report
  3. Public Argument

Eligibility and Requirements

  • students enrolled as majors in Professional Writing or minors in Rhetoric/ Writing
  • students enrolled during the 2020/21 academic year
  • only one submission per category permitted, but students may submit in more than one category; they may also submit in multiple years 

What you must submit

your paper or project file (use USB drive for larger files), or a link to a website (depending on the medium)

Students should indicate the award category on the application form and include with each entry the following:

  • a description of the audience, purpose, and context for which each communication was designed
  • any relevant background information that will help the judges understand the communication and evaluate its effectiveness, especially why a particular medium or design was chosen

Professional Writing faculty will judge your submissions by blind review.


The Literature Essay Award

Eligibility

  • any Literature major or minor who wrote a critical analysis of a literary or cultural text for any English class during the 2019-20 year.

What you must submit

an essay with a critical analysis of literature, media, performance or cultural studies; submit a minimum of 5 pages and a maximum of 15 pages (or excerpt).