Awards for MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing Students
Each year the Christensen family gives awards to outstanding graduate students in the English Department. Two incoming students receive the equivalent of a full-tuition scholarship based on the promise of their application. Another scholarship goes to a student who has excelled during his or her first year in the program. Recipients are selected by the department's Graduate Advisory Committee. No application is necessary.
Each semester the English Department gives the Clark-Harris Graduate Achievement Award to a recent graduate of the program who excelled while enrolled. The recipient of this $600 award is chosen by the Graduate Advisory Committee, which bases its decision largely on the quality of students' completed MA or MFA theses. Bruce B. Clark and John B. Harris, emeritus professors from the English Department, are the donors who make this award possible.
Each year the English Department gives an award to an outstanding graduate instructor. The recipient of the Rowe Award must be a graduate student who has completed at least two semesters of teaching. The primary purpose of the award is to recognize excellence in teaching English 150, but other teaching in the department (advanced writing internships or literature assistantships) is also considered. Finalists are selected by the composition coordinators based on course evaluations, observations of teaching, and assessment of citizenship. One winner and up to five finalists are chosen each year. These recipients are recognized at the annual department banquet.
An anonymous donor has established an endowment to support an English graduate student at the annual Wordsworth Winter or Summer School in Grasmere, England. The endowment's terms are as follows:
- Applicants must have completed at least one upper-division or graduate course on British Romanticism.
- $800 is available to a student attending the Winter School (held for a week in February).
- $1000 is available to a student attending the Summer School (held for two weeks at the beginning of August).
- An additional $500 will be awarded to the Summer School attendee if he or she has a paper accepted.
- The department will provide additional funding to assist with travel expenses.
- Applications will be judged by faculty specializing in British Romanticism
For more information, contact Dr. Nicholas Mason or see the Wordsworth Trust website (http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/conferences/index.htm).
Each year the Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature sponsors this essay contest, the theme of which is “The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity.” Essays of 3,000-5,000 words should be submitted by December 1. Besides having their essays published, winners in the graduate division will receive $1,200 (first prize), $1,000 (second), and $700 (third).
Each year awards totaling over $11,000 are given for entries in essay, poetry, drama, and short fiction. Entries are due at the College of Humanities main office (4002 JFSB) in early February. For more information, see http://mayhew.byu.edu
Cash prizes are awarded in three graduate categories: poetry, fiction, and informal essay. Entries must be submitted to the English Department office (4198 JFSB) by mid-February. Specific rules for each division may be obtained from the English Department office.
Each year cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200 are awarded to the five best graduate student papers on the subject of teaching composition. Winning entries are also published in the Composition Office’s online journal, Locutorium. For more information, see their website.
The descendants of former BYU president George H. Brimhall honor the founders of Brigham Young University each year at Homecoming with the Brimhall Essay Contest. The competition, which is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, is designed to encourage high levels of scholarship among BYU students and promote their understanding and appreciation of BYU’s mission and legacy and the challenges of its founders. Essays should be approximately 750 words and are due in late September each year. Cash prizes range from $300 to $1,500, and the winning entry is published in BYU Magazine. For more information, see their website.
This prestigious national competition is open to all BYU undergraduate and graduate students enrolled full-time during fall or winter semester. Poems can be published, unpublished, or under consideration elsewhere. Entries are due at the English Department office (4198 JFSB) in mid- February. Application cover sheets are available at http://english.byu.edu/static/documents/org/1248.pdf