Prizes and Fellowships

Bullock and Wainwright Winners 2013
2013 Bullock and Wainwright winners read their work in Griffin 3.

English Department Annual Prizes (2021 Guidelines)

Information about the English Department’s annual prizes is made available each spring. Students are invited to submit to the fiction and poetry contests in early March and other prizes are advertised in April and May. Please be sure to check our website often for information. We also advertise in the Daily Messages, email lists and posters. Please contact Pat Malanga at [email protected] for further information.

Fellowships

Class of ’57 Division I and II Summer Research Fellowships

The program aims to enhance student-faculty collaboration on faculty research projects. Faculty members apply to work with current first-years, sophomores, and juniors. The program typically runs from mid-June to mid-August, with a student stipend of about $380 per week, up to a maximum of $3,800 for ten weeks of full-time work. Read more about the Class of ’57 Summer Research Program on the Dean of the Faculty’s site.

Hubbard Hutchinson, Class of 1917, Memorial Fellowships

$15-18 thousand each is awarded annually to graduating seniors in creative writing, music, visual art, dance, and theatre, based on achievement and promise in their creative field. Applicants must wish to continue creative work in their area of interest. Usually awarded to majors in the field. For more information, contact the Office of Fellowships.

Bullock Poetry Prize of the American Academy of Poets (best poem or group of poems)

  • 2020: Amelia Chen ’22
  • 2019: Caitlin V. Ubl ’19
  • 2018: Jordan M. Jace ’18
  • 2017: Jordan M. Jace ’18
  • 2016: Tyler Tsay ’19
  • 2015: Teague Morris ’16
  • 2014: Lysander Jaffe ’14
  • 2013: Evan Grillon ’13
  • 2012: Molly Olguin ’12 and Alex Cameron ’12
  • 2011: Andrew Triska ’11
  • 2010: Rebecca A. Kane ‘10
  • 2009: Ben Davidson ’10 and Sofia Torres-Villalvazo ‘09
  • 2008: Mirabel Bradley ’11 and Daniel Wong ’08
  • 2007: Mathew Rogers ’07
  • 2006: Eric Markowsky ’06
  • 2005: Eleza Jaeger ’05
  • 2004: Shamus Brady ’04
  • 2003: Emily Martin ’03
  • 2002: James (Mike) Eros ’04

Benjamin B. Wainwright Prize (best short fiction)

  • 2020: Calen Geiser-Czeh ’23
  • 2019: Emily K. McDonald ’19
  • 2018: Kiran Kumar ’18
  • 2017: Emilia R. Maluf ’18
  • 2016: Antonia Wei-ling ’16
  • 2015: Ariana Basche ’16
  • 2014:  Alyssa Northrop ’14 and Chelli Riddiough ’14
  • 2013: Jane Youngberg ’13
  • 2012: Molly Olguin ’12
  • 2011: Andrew Triska ’11
  • 2010: Alexander L. Creighton ’10
  • 2009: Allegra Hyde ‘10
  • 2008: Katherine Lee ’08
  • 2007: Katherine Lee ’08
  • 2006: Ruth Steinhardt ’07 and Talia Mailman ’06
  • 2005: Eleza Jaeger ’05
  • 2004: Anastasia Moro ’04 and Miriam Lawrence ’04
  • 2003: Vivian Shotwell ’03
  • 2002: James (Mike) Eros ’04

Henry Rutgers Conger Memorial Literary Prize (best journalism essay)

Entries are invited for the Henry Rutgers Conger Memorial Literary Prize for the best piece of non-fictional prose, fiction or poetry written by a Williams student and published in a campus newspaper or magazine in the Spring.   If possible, please submit a copy from the original publication. Electronic print outs are acceptable but not preferred. If submitting an electronic print out be sure to include the name and date of the publication in which it was printed.

  • 2020: Nigel Jaffe ’22
  • 2019: Sara V. Hetherington ’19
  • 2018: Daniel Jin ’18
  • 2017: Ariel Chu ’17 and Sophia E. Schmidt ’17
  • 2016: Story Ponvert ’18
  • 2015: Sophia Rosenfeld ’15
  • 2013: Taylor Bundy ’13
  • 2012: Madeline Vuong ’14
  • 2011: Michelle Noyer-Granacki ’11
  • 2010: Allegra M. Hyde ’10  and Chloe.C.Brown ‘10
  • 2009: Jay Cox-Chapman ’09 and Laura Staugaitis ’11
  • 2008: Mathew Roach ’08 and Julia Sender ’08
  • 2007: Miles Klee ’07 and Amanda Korman ’10
  • 2006: Jeremy Goldstein ’09
  • 2005: No Prize in 05
  • 2004: Ainsley O’Connell ’06
  • 2003: Alvaro Jarrin ’03
  • 2002: P. Daniel Healey ’03

Michael Davit Bell Prize (best essay in American Literature)

The English Department invites entries for the Michael Davitt Bell Prize competition in the Spring.  Professor Bell, who died in 1997, was one of the country’s foremost scholars of American Literature. This prize honors his memory and his distinguished contributions to American literary studies.

This cash prize is awarded annually to the Williams student who has written the best essay — either in a course offered at Williams this year, or as a senior thesis — on a topic in American literature. If you wish to consider applying, please note the following information:

To be eligible for the consideration, the essay must have been written during this academic year, and have received the grade of either A or A+. All honors theses in American literature, though not yet graded, are eligible.

  • 2020: Lara Meintjes ’22
  • 2019: Estefani M. Hernandez ’19
  • 2018: Jasper Burget ’18
  • 2017: Gillian T. Goodman ’18
  • 2016: Luke Warren ’16
  • 2015: Will Raskin ’15
  • 2013: Rebecca Tseytkin ’15
  • 2012: David Phillips ’12
  • 2011: Michelle Noyer-Granacki ‘11
  • 2010: Daniel Grossman ’12
  • 2009: Rachel Schneebaum ‘09
  • 2008: Mathew Roach ’08
  • 2007: Daniel Suess ’07
  • 2006: Noah Susskind ’07
  • 2005: Hallock Svensk ’07
  • 2004: Jacob Scott ’04
  • 2003: Bethany Sayles ’03
  • 2002: Sarah Knup ’02

Stanley R. Strauss Prize (best critical honors thesis)

  • 2020: Mi Yu ’20
  • 2019: Erin B. Hanson ’19 and Estefani M. Hernandez ’19
  • 2018: Jasper Burget ’18
  • 2017: Chelsea R. Thomeer ’17
  • 2016: Kirsten Lee ’16 and Luke Warren ’16
  • 2015:
  • 2013: Cheng Chai Chiang ’13
  • 2012: Grace Wright ’12
  • 2011: Michelle Noyer-Granacki ’11
  • 2010: Michele Chinitz ‘10
  • 2009: Bonnie R OKeefe ’09
  • 2008: Zoia Alexanian ’08
  • 2007: Seulghee Lee ’07 and Hallock Svensk ’07
  • 2006: David Weimer ’06
  • 2005: David Cohen ’05 and Ingrid Diran ’05
  • 2004: Jacob Scott ’04
  • 2003: Andy Howard ’03
  • 2002: Ben Cannon ’02

Arthur R. Kaufman Prize (second-highest ranking senior major)

  • 2020: Calen Firedancing ’20
  • 2019: Emma O. York ’19
  • 2018: Jasper Burget ’18
  • 2017: Juliette F. Norman-Smith ’17 and Ashna Shah ’17
  • 2016: Mendy Bindell ’16 and Alex S. Paseltiner ’16
  • 2015: Will Raskin ’15
  • 2013: Michael Ormsbee ’13
  • 2012: Daniel Grossman ’12
  • 2011: Santiago D. Borboa Sanchez ’11
  • 2010: Michele Chinitz ‘10
  • 2009: Kenneth J. Taubenslag ’09
  • 2008: Anne Royston ’08
  • 2007: Catherine Kelly ’07
  • 2006: Zachary A. Weisser ’06
  • 2005: David Cohen ’05 and Carolyn Dekker ’05
  • 2004: Jessica Ebberson ’04
  • 2003: Gus Howard ’03
  • 2002: Ben Cannon ’02

Edward Gould Shumway Prize (highest ranking senior major)

  • 2020: Louisa Kania ’20
  • 2019: Erin B. Hanson ’19
  • 2018: Samuel Swire ’18
  • 2017: Chelsea R. Thomeer ’17
  • 2016: Kirsten Lee ’16
  • 2015: Lydia Heinrichs ’15
  • 2013: Cheng Chai Chiang ’13
  • 2012:William Petrie ’12
  • 2011: Mark A. Prins ’11
  • 2010: Fida-E Tashfia ‘10
  • 2009: Madelyn H. Labella ’09
  • 2008: Zoia Alexanian ’08
  • 2007: Hallock Svensk ’07 and Devin Yagel ’07
  • 2006: Francesca Marzullo ’06
  • 2005: Jonathan Landsman ’05
  • 2004: Jacob Scott ’04
  • 2003: Heather Brubaker ’03
  • 2002: Alan Velander ’02

 

 

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