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.educrawson@post-gazette.com, or 412-263-1666.

Carol Kay Essay Award

For the Best Undergraduate Essays on British Literature Between 1500-1900.

Prizes totaling up to $500

Essays must be at least 8 pages long.
2. Essays may have been written at any point during an undergraduate’s career at the University of Pittsburgh.
Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers.
No more than one submission per student. Essays that have won other university-sponsored awards in prior years are not eligible. Essays should not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
Email electronic copy toAEP63@pitt.edu. No paper copies.
Author’s name should appear only on a separate cover page that also includes: the essay’s title; the author’s address, phone number, and email address; the name of the award for which the essay in being submitted; and (if applicable) the course at Pitt for which the essay was written and the name of the instructor.
Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify an essay.

Winners will be honored at the University’s Honor Convocation.
Inquiries to Uma Satyavolu

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.

Prizes totaling up to $1000

Deadline for Receipt of Submissions: early October, with exact date changing from year to year.

Guidelines:

Essays must be at least 8 pages long.
Essays may have been written at any point during an undergraduate’s career at the University of Pittsburgh.
Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers.
Essays that have won other university-sponsored awards in prior years are not eligible. Essays should not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
Email electronic coy to AEP63@pitt.edu. No paper copies.
Author’s name should appear only on a separate cover page that also includes: the essay’s title; the author’s address, phone number, and email address; the name of the award for which the essay is being submitted; and (if applicable) the course at Pitt for which the essay was written and the name of the instructor.
Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify an essay.

Winners will be honored at the University’s Honors Convocation.
Inquiries to Uma Satyavolu.

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. 

Prizes totaling up to $500

Deadline for Receipt of Submissions: early October, with exact date changing from year to year.

Guidelines:

Essays must be at least 8 pages long.
Essays may have been written at any point during an undergraduate’s career in the Pitt English Department.
Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers.
Essays that have won other university-sponsored awards in prior years are not eligible; Essays should not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
Email electronic copy to AEP63@pitt.edu. No paper copies.
Author’s name should appear only on a separate cover sheet that also includes: the essay’s title, the author’s address, phone number, and email address; the name of the award for which the essay is being submitted; and (if applicable) the course at Pitt for which the essay was written and the name of the instructor.
Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify an essay.

Inquiries to Uma Satyavolu.

Marlee and James Myers Award

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

Prizes total up to $500

Deadline for receipt of submissions: early October, with exact date changing from years to year.
Guidelines:

Essays must be minimum of 1000 words long, maximum 10 pages.
Essays must have been written during the 2010-2011 academic year, from any term including Summer sessions, for an English Literature or Film course at the University of Pittsburgh below the 1000 level, taught by a Graduate Teaching Fellow (ask the instructor if you are unsure).
Essays may be submitted by students or their teachers
Students can submit only one essay each. Essays that have won other University-sponsore awards are not eligible. Essays should not be submitted simultaneously to other English Department contests.
Email electronic copy to AEP63@pitt.edu. No Paper submissions.
Author’s name should appear only on a separate cover page that also includes: the essay’s title; the author’s address, phone number, and email address the name of the award for which the essay is being submitted; the name of the course, and the instructor for whom the essay was written.
Assignment may be included if necessary to clarify the essay.

Inquiries to Uma Satyavolu

The Composition Program Writing Awards: The Ossip Award, Koloc Award, and Award for Advanced Composition 

Prizes are awarded annually to honor outstanding work by student writers in any of Pitt's composition courses. 

More information on Composition Program site. 

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 https://www.pur.honorscollege.pitt.edu/index.php.

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.

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.