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Humanities Essay Prize Competition

The Humanities Essay Prizes are awarded for outstanding essays written for courses in the Humanities. Up to 8 prizes are awarded each year (a first and second prize per level). First place winners will receive $300. Second place winners will receive $75.

There is a separate competition for essays written in French. See the information below.

Students are welcome to submit a paper from the previous spring/summer, fall, or winter terms. There are 2 prizes per level. The levels are based on the level of the student, not the course. Students are permitted to submit only one paper per competition.

Papers must meet the following criteria:

  • Essays from level I courses must be a minimum 1250 words in length; level II courses must be minimum 1500 words; levels III and IV courses must be minimum 2000 words
  • Essays must have received a grade of at least an A- to be considered
  • Book reviews, tests, and other formulaic class assignments will not be eligible

Students must submit a CLEAN copy of the paper by the published deadline.

How to Apply

Complete the cover form below and attach it to the front of your clean essay copy. Remember, you are allowed to submit only one essay, so you may wish to wait before submitting a paper from the fall term to ensure you would not rather submit one from the winter term.

Essay Prize Cover Form (PDF)

Deadline for submissions: Friday 5 May 2017 at 4:00 P.M. to CNH-107. No incomplete submissions will be accepted.

Humanities French Language Essay Prize Competition

The Humanities French Language Essay Prizes will be awarded for outstanding essays written in French for courses in the Humanities. The competition is open to students in level II through IV. Up to 3 prizes may be awarded each year (one per level for Levels II, III, and IV). Each winner will receive $100. Papers are evaluated based on the level of the student, not the level of the course.

Students must submit a CLEAN copy of the essay by the published deadline.

How to Apply

Complete the cover form below and attach it to the front of your clean essay copy. Remember, you are allowed to submit only one essay, so you may wish to wait before submitting a paper from the fall term to ensure you would not rather submit one from the winter term.

French Language Essay  Prize Cover Form (PDF)

Deadline for submissions: Friday 5 May 2017 at 4:00 P.M. to CNH-107. No incomplete submissions will be accepted.