Contests & Awards


Please take note of varying conditions of eligibility. Submit all work to Savannah Porcelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline to submit: March 21, 2022 at 11:59pm

Rules for applying:

  1. Send each of your submissions attached as separate documents (PDF, Word Doc, or Word Docx).
  2. Submissions must use double spacing.
  3. DO NOT send links to Google Docs. Multimedia submissions may be shared via Google Drive. Youtube links are preferred. 
  4. Label each individual document as the title of the work (for a set of poems, use the title of the first poem).
  5. Specify in the body of your submission email which award each work is being submitted for (also specify genre for Herzberg prizes, Hamilton awards, and Adelman scholarships).
  6. DO NOT put your name on the work itself, or the name of your professor. The exception to this rule is for multimedia projects that may have the writer's identity revealed in the media submission.
  7. You may apply to any number of the awards as long as you meet the requirements for each, but you may only submit one entry per award.
  8. In your submission email, please include your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, RU ID #, and EXPECTED GRADUATION YEAR. 


Awards and Contests for Creative Writing

The Mitchell Adelman Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing

The Mitchell Adelman Memorial Scholarship for Creative Writing is an award for excellence in creative writing, dedicated to the memory of Mitchell Adelman, a poet and a Rutgers College student, Class of 1990, who died of leukemia. Students are invited to submit either a single work of short fiction or a group of poems (no less than three and no more than five). Eligible students must be enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences (school 01). Students must currently be of sophomore, junior, or senior status, with a cumulative GPA of 3.000 at the end of the previous fall semester. The SAS English Department faculty review all entries and determine the recipients of the Mitchell Adelman Memorial Scholarship. Please note that all materials submitted must be your own work. For information on the University’s Policy on Academic Integrity, and in particular on plagiarism, please go to

A complete packet includes a single work of short fiction or a group of poems (3 minimum, 5 maximum) and a typed cover sheet AS A SEPARATE FILE with the following information (your personal information should not appear in the same file as the work):

  • Name
  • RUID Number
  • Class Year
  • E-mail address
  • Mobile Telephone Number
  • Fiction or Poetry

Academy of American Poets 2022 Enid Dame Memorial Poetry Prize

  • Open to all undergraduates
  • Maximum of 5 poems may be submitted
  • $100 prize for best poem(s)

Evelyn Hamilton Awards in Creative Writing

  • Open to all undergraduates
  • Awarded for the best original story, creative non-fiction, or group of three or more poems
  • Please label works as creative non-fiction, fiction, or poetry                   
  • 8 pages maximum 

English Department Annual Literary Fiction Writing Award

  • Open to all undergraduates
  • Awarded to the best short story or excerpt of literary fiction
  • Genre fiction (fantasy, romance, thriller, etc.) will NOT be accepted
  • 18 pages maximum

Composing in New Media Prize

  • Open to all undergraduates
  • Awarded to a multimedia composition, documentary film, digital story, graphic narrative, or any work in new media
  • Send submissions electronically

Open Only to Undergraduate Douglass Women in New Brunswick:

Julia Carlie Prize

  • Open only to undergraduate Douglass women
  • Prize awarded for original poetry
  • 8 pages maximum

Edna N. Herzberg Prizes

  • Open only to undergraduate Douglass women
  • Prize awarded for fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction
  • Please label works as non-fiction, fiction, or poetry
  • 8 pages maximum

Ernest W. Thomas Memorial Prize for Interpretation of Shakespearean Works

  • Open only to undergraduate Douglass women
  • Awarded to the best paper submitted for a regular course assignment concerning Shakespeare’s works
  • 8 pages maximum


Awards and Contests for Coursework

James Suydam Prize in English Composition

  • Awarded to the best essay on a topic of the writer’s choice of contemporary social, political, or educational significance
  • Minimum length 5 pages
  • 8-10 pages maximum

Irving D. Blum Prize

  • Awarded for the best essay submitted for a regular course assignment
  • Essays may be in original form or revised, but should be retyped and free of instructor’s marks and comments
  • 8-10 pages maximum

English Department Faculty Prize

  • Awarded to an outstanding essay written in coursework
  • Essays of 1,000 to 4,500 words are eligible and will be judged on substance and style
  • 8-10 pages maximum

Jamima Dingus Qualls Prize

  • Awarded to the best undergraduate essay on women writers or feminist issues in English or American Literature
  • 8-10 pages maximum


The English Department reserves the right not to give a prize or award if no entries are judged to be of sufficiently high quality.