Writing Prizes, Fellowships, and Scholarships

 Offered by the Writing Certificate
 and Other University Departments and Programs

These great opportunities are open to all Wesleyan students.

Awards include prizes for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as well as fellowships supporting summer projects and graduate study.  We encourage you to apply.
If you have questions about these awards, contact Prof. Anne Greene, agreene@wesleyan.edu

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 11, 2016, 4:30 P.M. unless indicated otherwise.

Writing Prizes sponsored by the Writing Certificate  

Submission Instructions for the Boylan, Hannah, Sonnenblick and Wesleyan Fiction Awards:

  • Application Form: Click on the link to complete the Google Doc application form: 

           Google Doc Application Form

  • Submissions: Send your submissions in one email if possible as Email Attachments to agreene@wesleyan.edu with the Subject LinePrize Submission
  • 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: Greene_A--Horgan


THE BOYLAN AWARD

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.

SARAH HANNAH PRIZE

Offered in memory of Sarah Hannah, class of 1988, in association with the Academy of American Poets.  Awarded for an outstanding poem.
 

JAMES L. McCONAUGHY Writing Prize                                                         

Awarded for a piece of nonfiction writing--on a topic in the social sciences or sciences--that is designed to interest general readers.  

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

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.

Applications are due March 25.

WESLEYAN FICTION AWARD 

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.

ANNIE SONNENBLICK WRITING AWARD                                                             

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 years.
 
Applicants should propose a writing project to be completed during the summer between their junior and senior years. Previous winners have written short fiction, collections of poetry, and nonfiction projects such as biographical sketches and studies of places. The award provides funding of up to $4,000 to support the project and the writer's summer living expenses. The completed project is due on the first day of the fall semester. 

Please submit the following application materials via email or in hard copy to: agreene@wesleyan.edu or Prof. Anne Greene, Downey House, 294 High Street, Room 207. If submitting a hard copy, please provide four neatly packaged copies of all required materials #1-8. 

    1. a cover sheet giving your name, campus box number, cell phone number, and email address;
    2. a personal statement introducing yourself and explaining your background and interests;
    3. a description of the writing project you will undertake, including brief but specific comments about writers whose works are important to you;
    4. a budget estimating the support you will need;
    5. samples of your writing;
    6. your resume;
    7. a copy of your transcript (either the official or portfolio version); and
    8. names of one or two references with their email addresses and telephone numbers.

Applications are due March 25.

Scholarships and Fellowships  

KIM-FRANK FELLOWSHIP 

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 2016-2017 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 Director of the Writing Certificate, and assists in running the university’s Writing Certificate, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, 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 Writing Certificate and Writing Programs Fellowships, awarded to graduating seniors at Wesleyan, are prestigious one-year, post-graduate positions.  The Fellows have graduate student status and are 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 Fellowships include a generous stipend, health insurance, and ongoing student status, offering the opportunity to defer repayment of student loans. Fellows also have full access to the university's libraries, facilities and career services.
  • The Fellows are selected based on their outstanding academic record and writing or teaching interests. Preference is given to applicants who have experience as a Writing Tutor or Teaching Apprentice. Seniors from all majors are encouraged to apply. 

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE KIM-FRANK FELLOWSHIP :

Please email the following application materials to Prof. Anne Greene at agreene@wesleyan.edu and cc: russellhouse@wesleyan.edu, using the subject line “Kim-Frank Fellowship Application.”

  1. A letter of interest explaining your academic experience and future plans
  2. A transcript
  3. A resume
  4. Two academic papers, preferably with grades and the instructors' comments
  5. The names of two faculty members who can serve as references.  Your references will be contacted if you are a finalist.

Applications are due MARCH 9, 2016 by 4:30 P.M. with interviews scheduled thereafter.

Please contact Prof. Greene is you would like to submit a late application. 

For more information about the Kim-Frank Fellowship, contact Prof. Anne Greene at 860 685-3604 (agreene@wesleyan.edu).

FORD FELLOWSHIP

Do you like to write and work with writers? Do you have excellent editing and interpersonal skills? Are you interested in the fields of teaching or publishing/editing? Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship? If so, apply to be a Ford Fellow in the Writing Programs for the 2016-2017 academic year!

In his/her administrative role, the Ford Fellow assists in running the university's Writing Workshop and supporting the First Year Seminar program. The Fellow's teaching responsibilities include helping to train the university's student writing tutors, designing and leading the seminar for veteran tutors, developing workshops and tutoring services for first-year students and other campus communities, and serving as the university's senior writing tutor. This year in particular, the Ford Fellow will be instrumental in designing and implementing a new web page of writing resources for the entire Wesleyan community.

  • The Writing Programs Fellowship, awarded to a graduating senior at Wesleyan, is a prestigious one-year, post-graduate position. The Fellow works closely with Professor Meg Furniss Weisberg, Interim Director of Student Writing, and plays a central role in Writing Program development, helping to design new services and events, advertise programs, and develop websites and online services. 
  • The Fellow also 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. Fellows also have full access to the university's libraries, facilities, and career services.
  • The Fellow is selected based on outstanding academic record and writing or teaching interests.  Preference is given to applicants who have experience as a Writing Tutor or Teaching Apprentice.  Seniors from all majors are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE FORD FELLOWSHIP:

Please email the following application materials to Professor Meg Furniss Weisberg, Interim Director of Student Writing (mweisberg@wesleyan.edu)

  1. A letter of interest explaining your academic experience and future plans
  2. A transcript
  3. A resume
  4. Two academic papers, preferably with grades and the instructors' comments
  5. The names of two faculty members who can serve as references.  Your references will be contacted if you are a finalist. 

Applications are due MARCH 9, 2016 by 4:30 p.m. and interviews scheduled thereafter. For more information, contact Professor Weisberg at 860 685-2902 (mweisberg@wesleyan.edu)

*The Kim-Frank and Ford Fellowships are separate positions, and seniors are welcome to submit applications to both.

WESLEYAN WRITERS CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS 

Several scholarships are available to students who wish to attend the five-day Wesleyan Writers Conference, June 15-19, 2016.  Applications should include a letter explaining the applicant's experience and interests and a substantial sample of work in one genre: fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.  The conference also offers scholarships for international students at Wesleyan.   
For information, see Wesleyan Writers Conference or contact Prof. Anne Greene at 860 685-3604 (agreene@wesleyan.edu).

Applications for Wesleyan students are due March 11th, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. 
 

English Department Prizes: click here

Writing Awards offered by Departments and Programs across the University

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

ERNESS BRODY PRIZE: Established in 2002 by Ann duCille in honor of Professor Erness Bright Brody, former chair of the African American Studies Program.  Awarded annually to a senior African American Studies Program major for excellence in written expression.

BUTLER PRIZE: The Butler Prize, established in 1991 in honor of retiring colleague Jeffrey D. Butler, is awarded for the best Honors thesis in African, Asian or Latin American History.

GAY, LESBIAN, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES PRIZE: Donated by the Wesleyan Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association (GALA), this prize is awarded annually to that undergraduate who has done the best research and writing on a subject in gay, lesbian, and sexuality studies.

MEYER PRIZE: Established in 1991 in honor of retiring colleague Donald A. Meyer, is awarded for the best Honors thesis in American History.

JOAN W. MILLER PRIZE: Established by Professor Miller in 2008. It is awarded for the outstanding Honor's Thesis in the College of Social Studies.

NNK AWARD: Awarded for the best screenplay for an undergraduate film.

WISE PRIZE: The gift of Daniel Wise, D.D., Class of 1859, for excellence in the Department of Philosophy; for the best essay on moral science or on some subject in the field or values.

M.G. WHITE PRIZE: Awarded annually for the best thesis submitted in American studies.

SPINNEY PRIZE: The gift of Joseph S. Spinney, trustee 1875-82 and 1888-93, for excellence in Greek. Awarded for the best original essay on some aspect of Greek or Roman civilization.