English Department Awards and Scholarships

Submissions are now being accepted for several awards.  Why not send something in?  Your might even win a few bucks.


CRTW’s Jumpmettle Award for best graduate student fiction: Submit up to 15 pages of fictional prose to Christine Hume (in English Dept mailbox), with a cover sheet. Coversheet should include:

  • Full  Name
  • Student Number
  • Title of Submission
  • Local Address
  • Permanent Address
  • Local Phone Number
  • Permanent Phone Number

Prize: $1000
Deadline: March 15


Department of English Distinguished Graduate Research Award:  This $200 scholarship will be awarded each semester and is intended to recognize excellent work done in the graduate program.  Each semester, an essay or research project in a different program area will be recognized, beginning in Winter 09 with Children’s Literature and Creative Writing.  To be considered for the award, a student’s work must be nominated in writing by an Eastern professor; students are encouraged to solicit nominations if they wish to be considered.  To apply, please submit both the research work you wish to be considered and your letter of nomination to Professor Russell Larson, Department of English, Pray-Harrold.Deadline for Winter 09 award: Friday, April 3, 2009


Journal of Narrative Theory Graduate Studies in Literature Scholarship:  This scholarship awards up to $500 a year to graduate students in Literature.  Beginning in the Fall 2009, one award will be granted with the possibility of renewing.  The scholarship is designed to award students who demonstrate potential in literary criticism and theory, and who intend to go on in a Ph.D. program in Literature and ultimately specialize in a field drawing on literary criticism and theory in some way.   Applications are due in hard-copy to the English Department in Pray-Harrold and should be directed to the attention of Craig Dionne and Abby Coykendall, Editors JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory.  Students who do not receive the award upon first application are encouraged to resubmit.  Deadlines and requirements for submission are listed below.  To apply, a student must submit the following:  

  • Coversheet including:
    • Full  Name
    • Student Number
    • Local Address
    • Permanent Address
    • Email Address
    • Local Phone Number
    • Permanent Phone Number
  • One Page Summary of the following information:
    • Specific interest in Literature (in terms of historical period and/or theory)
    • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA
    • Current GPA in your graduate Literature courses
    • Current Enrollment Hours
  • A general letter of recommendation from a professor.
  • A sample of your best writing from a graduate seminar in our department

Deadline for Fall 09/Winter 10 award: Friday, April 10, 2009