English Department

Prizes and Fellowships

2022-2023 Submission Instructions

Writing Prizes Submission Instructions:

Deadline: Fall 2022--Monday, December 5, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

  • Application Form: Click on link below to complete the Google Doc application form
  • Submissions: Upload your submission at the end of the Google Doc application form. If you are submitting for more than one prize you must upload a separate file for each prize.
  • Each submission must be:
    • double-spaced with page numbers
    • with the author's name, prize name and WesID on the first page.
  • You may submit no more than one piece (a total of 30 pages) for each prize. Poetry submissions may be a collection of poems.
  • One piece can be used for up to two different prizes if applicable (Example: one piece of fiction can be submitted for two different Fiction prizes.) However this same piece must then be submitted twice, once for each prize.
  • Electronic File Format and Naming: Submit as PDF or RTF files with the following Name Format: Last Name_First Initial--Prize Name. EXAMPLE: Launder_R--Horgan

Writing Prizes Application Form


Shu Tokita Prize Submission Instructions:

Deadline: Monday, December 5, 2022 by 11:59 PM 

  • Write a 750-word essay on one of the following two topics: 
    • How do you plan to use your major, or focus of study, to make literature more accessible to people of all backgrounds?  Please offer a specific example from either your own experience or perhaps a literary text that can illustrate your views.
    • What does literature have to offer us in our current moment of profound social, political, economic and environmental upheaval?
  • Save your essay with the following naming format: Last name_First initial—Shu Tokita  (Ex: Doe_M—Shu Tokita) 
  • Click on Google Form link below and complete all information on the application form. NB: Since this prize is need based, you must be willing to allow the prize committee members to share with each other your Financial Aid status. 
  • Upload your essay in the space indicated and submit your application.

Shu Tokita Prize Application Form


Olin Fellowship Submission Instructions:

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2023 by 11:59 PM

  • Your project proposal should contain the following information:
    • Cover Sheet: Title of Project, Name, WesID, Class Year, Major (if declared)
    • Explanation of Project: 2-page double-spaced description; if you do not receive an Olin award, what if anything would prevent you from completing the project?
    • Itemized Budget: a detailed list of expenses with a request for a specific sum.
    • Sample of written work (15 page maximum): this may be a creative or academic work, which ever best shows your preparation for the project you are proposing.
    • Names of two Faculty References (written recommendations not necessary)
  • Complete the Google Doc Application Form below and upload your submission as indicated here.
    • Electronic submissions are preferred in PDF or RTF format
    • Save as one file with the following file name: Last name_First Initial--Olin (Example: McNeff_J--Olin)
  • Other Information:
    • Please email Jeanne McNeff, jmcneff@wesleyan.edu with any questions.
    • Awards will be announced by early May.
    • If awarded the fellowship, a report on your project is due on the first day of classes in September.

Olin Fellowship Application Form


Winchester Fellowship Submission Instructions 

Deadline: Monday, April 3, 2023 by 11:59 PM

Procedure: If you wish to apply for a Winchester Fellowship, please complete the Google Doc form (link is below) and upload the following information:

  • a letter describing how you plan to use the fellowship
  • Transcripts: a copy of your Wesleyan transcript or Academic History and transcript(s) for any graduate work you have completed
  • Budget statement: An itemized listing of anticipated expenses. Please request a specific amount from the Winchester Committee.
  • Recommendations:the names of two people who have agreed to supply letters of recommendation by the deadline below. If you are a senior or have not begun graduate school, these should be members of the English department. If you are already in graduate school, at least one letter must be from a member of your graduate department.
  • Letters of recommendation can be sent as electronic files to the English Department administrative assistant with the Subject heading: Winchester Fellowship recommendation

If any questions or concerns please contact Jeanne McNeff, jmcneff@wesleyan.edu.

Winchester Fellowship Application Form