Writing Certificate Prizes and Fellowships

  • The Writing Certificate awards prizes for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and offers fellowships supporting summer projects, attendance at the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and graduate study.  We encourage you to apply.
  • If you have questions about these awards, contact Prof. Anne Greene, agreene@wesleyan.edu


  • Given by Jennifer Boylan in honor of her classmate, Annie Sonnenblick, the award recognizes an outstanding piece of creative nonfiction, journalistic work, or writing for general readers. Students in any major may submit material; preference given to students working toward the Writing Certificate. The winner will have a chance to talk with novelist Jennifer Boylan about careers in writing and publishing.
  • 2021 Applications are due SUNDAY APRIL 18, 2021 BY 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions


  • Offered in memory of Sarah Hannah, class of 1988, in association with the Academy of American Poets.  Awarded for an outstanding poem.
  • 2021 Applications are due SUNDAY APRIL 18, 2021 BY 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions


  • Funded by a gift from Norman Mailer to the Wesleyan Writing Programs, this award recognizes an outstanding piece of fiction written by a Wesleyan student.
  • 2021 Applications are due SUNDAY APRIL 18, 2021 BY 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions


  • Awarded for a piece of nonfiction writing--on a topic in the social sciences or sciences--that is designed to interest general readers. Funds for this award were given originally by members of the class of 1936 In honor of their classmate, James L. McConaughy, former governor of Connecticut and president of Wesleyan University. This new version of the prize was established in 2015.
  • If possible, the submission should include a brief note from a faculty member, nominating the piece. The faculty note nominating a McConaughy prize submission may be included with the materials that the student submits electronically (via email) OR, if the faculty member prefers, he or she may send the note directly to Anne Greene, agreene@wesleyan.edu.
  • 2021 Applications are due SUNDAY APRIL 18, 2021 BY 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions


  • The Sonnenblick family has established this award in memory of Annie Sonnenblick, a member of the Wesleyan class of 1980, who took great pleasure in literature and the creative arts.  The award provides up to $4,000 to a junior who wishes to undertake a nonfiction writing project during the summer between junior and senior year.
  • Applicants should send a description of their proposed writing project to be completed during the summer between their junior and senior years. The proposal should include a budget with estimated expenses, as well as why the applicant needs $4,000 in order to do the project. Applicants should mention previous writing training, reading, and research. Previous winners have written short fiction, collections of poetry, and nonfiction projects such as biographical sketches and studies of places. The completed project and a report on spending will be due Sept. 1, 2020, and will be reviewed by one or several faculty members and donors.
  • 2021 Applications are due SUNDAY APRIL 18, 2021 BY 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions


After Wesleyan: Fellowships


Do you like to write and work with writers? Are you interested in teaching or the arts? Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship? If so, apply to be the Kim-Frank Fellow in the Writing Programs for the 2021-2022 academic year!

Established in 2013 by a gift from the Kim-Frank family, the Kim-Frank Fellowship is a one-year post-graduate position. The fellow works closely with Anne Greene, University Professor in English and Coordinator of the Writing Certificate, and assists in running the university’s Writing Certificate and a broad range of writing programs and events. The job offers teaching experience and an opportunity to work with distinguished writers, journalists, and other artists, and to hire and supervise event staff. The fellow also works closely with writing students, has a teaching role in several writing classes, and contributes to the development of new courses. 

  • The Kim-Frank Fellow has graduate student status and is eligible to take two academic courses, conduct research, and work collaboratively with faculty members. 
  • Previous Fellows have been admitted to their first choice of graduate and professional schools  (including recently Yale, Princeton, and the MFA program at Iowa) and been hired promptly for jobs in publishing, teaching, journalism, law, business and other fields.
  • The Fellowship includes a generous stipend, health insurance, and ongoing student status, offering the opportunity to defer repayment of student loans. The Fellow also has full access to the university's libraries, facilities and career services.
  • The Fellow is selected based on an outstanding academic record and writing or teaching interests. Seniors from all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • If you plan to apply, please send an email to Professor Greene by Tuesday MARCH 24, 2020 (if you miss this deadline, please write promptly) 
  • 2021 Applications are due SUNDAY APRIL 18, 2021 BY 4:30 PM
  • 2021 Kim-Frank Fellowship Application Instructions

Writing Awards offered by Departments and Programs across the University

For information, please consult the website of the department or program sponsoring each award. 

English Writing Prizes

Erness Brody Prize: AFAM

Butler Prize: HIST

Gay, Lesbian, and Sexuality Studies Prize: FGSS

Meyer Prize: HIST

Joan W. Miller Prize: CSS


Wise Prize: PHIL

M.G White Prize: AMST