Department of English

Prizes

Department prizes and awards offer students opportunities to be recognized for their extraordinary research and writing. New prize cycles are available each semester.

Barbara Banks Brodsky Prizes

Topics must meet the approval of the English Department’s Committee on Prizes and Premiums.

Real World Writing

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior for best essay of 3,000 words or less in a nonfiction topic: literary journalism, memoir, or narrative based on travel, science, history, or cultural critique. Can be a collection of brief pieces or one long piece.

English

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior for the best essay on 20th-century English literature.

Deadline

December 2nd

Prizes

1st Prize $800

Rose Low Rome Memorial Prize

For the best poem or poems by a currently enrolled Brown undergraduate.

Deadline

December 2nd

Prizes

1st Prize $150

2nd Prize $50

Arlene Rome Ten Eyck and Peter H. Ten Eyck Prize

For the best essay on literary theory by a currently enrolled Brown undergraduate.

Deadline

December 2nd

Prizes

1st Prize $150

2nd Prize $50

David Rome Prize

For the best lyric essay by a currently enrolled Brown undergraduate. This form includes essays written in poetical or experimental forms that emphasize artfulness. 

Deadline

December 2nd

Prizes

1st Prize $150

2nd Prize $50

Rules

  1. One entry per competition. A separate entry form must be completed for each competition.
  2. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. 
  3. The university reserves the right to withhold any award.
  4. Manuscripts will be read by a committee of faculty members in the English Department. The committee's decisions will be final.
  5. Essays that have previously received an English Department award are not eligible.

No hard copies or late submissions will be accepted.