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Awards

Students in the English Department are considered for a variety of scholarships and prizes. These are:

Harry Barker Prize: Students in 1st year of program

Charles William Snyder Memorial Scholarships: Honours or Major students in 2nd year of program

Dow-Hickson Scholarships, James Darling McCall Scholarship, Shakespeare Scholarship: Honours students in 2nd year of program

Jessie Norris Memorial Award: Honours or Major students in 2nd year of program

Shakespeare Gold Medal (together with Corrine Fay Tabac Memorial Prize and Lionel Shapiro Award for Achievement in English): U3 Honours students

Mary Keenan Scholarship: U3 Honours or Major students intending to continue to the M.A. program in English at McGill

All students in the Honours and Major Programs are automatically considered on the basis of merit for these scholarships and prizes. This consideration takes place quite shortly after the end of the examination period in the Spring. Note that if you have an uncleared K, you will not be considered. Normally, only those students who have completed at least 27 credits, exclusive of courses completed under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option, in the Regular Session of the academic year preceding the award will be eligible for scholarships to be held the following year.


In addition, there are the following separate competitions:

  • Algy Smillie Noad Memorial Prize
    (value TBA) for an Honours Essay judged to be a superior achievement in literary analysis and scholarship.
  • Chester Macnaghten Prizes
    (value TBA) for the best creative writing by an undergraduate, deadline to be announced in the Spring.
  • Clark Lewis Memorial Prize
    (value TBA) for outstanding achievement in creative writing of a dramatic piece. Open to English Major and Honours students, deadline to be announced in the Spring.
  • Kay MacIver Memorial Prize
    (value TBA) for the best English essay in the field of English or French Canadian Literature, to be nominated by instructors.
  • Lionel Shapiro Awards for creative writing
    (value TBA) open to students completing their final year in the B.A. program who show outstanding literary talent, deadline to be announced in Spring.
  • Mona Adilman Prize in Poetry
    (value TBA) open to undergraduate or graduate students registered in the Faculty of Arts for the best poem or group of poems relating to ecological or environmental concerns, deadline to be announced in the Spring.
  • Moyse Travelling Scholarship
    (value TBA) open to all students, applications to be submitted to the Dean of Arts by April 1.
  • Peterson Memorial Prize
    (value TBA) for a graduate or undergraduate in English with distinction in English Literature who has also shown creative literary ability, deadline to be announced in Spring.
  • Catherine M. Shaw Shakespeare Award
    Established in 2006 by Professor Catherine M. Shaw, a former McGill professor, to recognize and promote outstanding scholarship on Shakespeare by undergraduate students in the English Department. Awarded by the Faculty of Arts Scholarships Committee on the recommendation of the English Department to an outstanding student for the best Shakespeare essay.
  • Catherine M. Shaw Early Drama Award
    Established in 2006 by Professor Catherine M. Shaw, a former McGill professor, to recognize and promote outstanding scholarship on English Drama to 1800 by undergraduate students in the English Department. Awarded by the Faculty of Arts Scholarships Committee on the recommendation of the English Department to an outstanding student for the best essay on Early Drama. Student essays on Shakespeare are not eligible.
  • Lang Family Text in Performance Award
    The Lang Family Text in Performance Award was established in 2011 by Kim N. Lang, BA ’89, to enhance and promote the appreciation and study of theatrical texts. The award provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in the Department of English to attend plays in performance at a Canadian venue as an adjunct to course work at McGill. Awards will partially or fully offset the cost of theatre tickets and corollary educational activities, as well as lodging, meals, and transportation to and from the venue.