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WRITING PRIZES AND AWARDS

  • 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 - Deadline April 19
    Two prizes, one of estimated value $600, one of estimated value $300, are open to undergraduate students of the University for the best piece of creative writing in English, i.e. a story, a play, a poem, an essay, etc.  Printed compositions are ineligible if they have been published before April 15, 2014.
    Application Form: PDF icon 2016chestermacnaghten.pdf
     
  • Clark Lewis Memorial Prize - Deadline April 19
    Estimated value $400, is open to major or honours students in the Department of English.  The prize is awarded annually or from time to time for original plays staged in the course of the academic year.
    Application Form: PDF icon 2016clarklewis.pdf
     
  • 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 - Deadline April 19
    Three prizes, estimated value $1,300 each, to be distributed if possible among the genres of poetry, fiction, screen writing and playwriting.  Each prize is to be awarded on the recommendation of the Department of English to students in the final year of the B.A. course who have demonstrated outstanding talent.  (A note from your academic adviser verifying you will have completed your program requirements and the minimum credits required by the Faculty of Arts MUST accompany your submission.)  
    Application Form: PDF icon 2016lionelshapiro.pdf
     
  • Mona Adilman Prize in Poetry - Deadline April 19
    Estimated value $500, or for two students, estimated value $250, is 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.
    Application Form: PDF icon 2016monaadilman.pdf
     
  • Moyse Travelling Scholarship
    (value TBA) open to all students, applications to be submitted to the Dean of Arts by April 1.
     
  • Peterson Memorial Prize - Deadline April 19
    Estimated value $2,000, is open to undergraduate or graduate students registered in a degree program in the Department of English with distinction in English Literature (CGPA 3.30 or above)  who has also shown creative literary ability.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Allen A. Lang Essay Award
    Established in 2015 by brothers Mr. Morris Rotstein, BA 1954, and Dr. Abraham Rotstein, BA 1949, in honour of their cousin Mr. Allen A. Lang, BSc 1953, who was formerly known as Abraham Levitt. Allen A. Lang was born on April 2, 1933 and passed away on August 10, 2007. He was an accomplished author and his work includes, Black and White, a Novel of the Civil Rights Struggle and Three Stories, Race, Nationality and Religion in Modern America. The Award has been established to recognize a graduating student enrolled in the Department of English in the Faculty of Arts for an essay on a topic related to either Canadian or American Literature after the year 1900. Awarded to the writer of the winning essay by the Faculty of Arts, upon recommendation of a committee selected by the Chair of the Department of English. Value: Minimum $2000
     

Students in the English Department are also 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.