Writing Certificate Prizes and Fellowships

  • The Writing Certificate awards prizes for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and offers fellowships supporting summer projects, attendance at the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and graduate study.  We encourage you to apply.
  • If you have questions about these awards, contact Prof. Anne Greene, agreene@wesleyan.edu

BOYLAN AWARD

  • Given by Jennifer Boylan in honor of her classmate, Annie Sonnenblick, the award recognizes an outstanding piece of creative nonfiction, journalistic work, or writing for general readers. Students in any major may submit material; preference given to students working toward the Writing Certificate. The winner will have a chance to talk with novelist Jennifer Boylan about careers in writing and publishing.
  • Application are due Tuesday April 4, 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions

SARAH HANNAH PRIZE

  • Offered in memory of Sarah Hannah, class of 1988, in association with the Academy of American Poets.  Awarded for an outstanding poem.
  • 2018 Applications are due Tuesday April 4, 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions

WESLEYAN FICTION AWARD 

  • Funded by a gift from Norman Mailer to the Wesleyan Writing Programs, this award recognizes an outstanding piece of fiction written by a Wesleyan student.
  • 2018 Application are due Tuesday April 4, 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions

JAMES L. McCONAUGHY WRITING PRIZE

  • Awarded for a piece of nonfiction writing--on a topic in the social sciences or sciences--that is designed to interest general readers. Funds for this award were given originally by members of the class of 1936 In honor of their classmate, James L. McConaughy, former governor of Connecticut and president of Wesleyan University. This new version of the prize was established in 2015.
  • If possible, the submission should include a brief note from a faculty member, nominating the piece. The faculty note nominating a McConaughy prize submission may be included with the materials that the student submits electronically (via email) OR, if the faculty member prefers, he or she may send the note directly to Anne Greene, agreene@wesleyan.edu.
  • 2018 Application Due Tuesday April 3, 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions

THE ANNIE SONNENBLICK WRITING AWARD

  • The Sonnenblick family has established this award in memory of Annie Sonnenblick, a member of the Wesleyan class of 1980, who took great pleasure in literature and the creative arts.  The award provides up to $4,000 to a junior who wishes to undertake a nonfiction writing project during the summer between junior and senior year.
  • Applicants should propose a writing project to be completed during the summer between their junior and senior years. Previous winners have written short fiction, collections of poetry, and nonfiction projects such as biographical sketches and studies of places. The award provides funding of up to $4,000 to support the project and the writer's summer living expenses. The completed project is due on the first day of the fall semester. 
  • 2018 Application Due Tuesday April 3, 4:30 PM
  • Submission Instructions

Writing Certificate Scholarships and Fellowships

KIM-FRANK FELLOWSHIP 

Do you like to write and work with writers? Are you interested in teaching or the arts? Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship? If so, apply to be the Kim-Frank Fellow in the Writing Programs for the 2018-2019 academic year!

Established in 2013 by a gift from the Kim-Frank family, the Kim-Frank Fellowship is a one-year post-graduate position. The fellow works closely with Anne Greene, University Professor in English and Director of the Writing Certificate, and assists in running the university’s Writing Certificate, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and a broad range of writing programs and events. The job offers teaching experience and an opportunity to work with distinguished writers, journalists, and other artists, and to hire and supervise event staff. The fellow also works closely with writing students, has a teaching role in several writing classes, and contributes to the development of new courses. 

  • The Kim-Frank Fellow has graduate student status and is eligible to take two academic courses, conduct research, and work collaboratively with faculty members. 
  • Previous Fellows have been admitted to their first choice of graduate and professional schools  (including recently Yale, Princeton, and the MFA program at Iowa) and been hired promptly for jobs in publishing, teaching, journalism, law, business and other fields.
  • The Fellowship includes a generous stipend, health insurance, and ongoing student status, offering the opportunity to defer repayment of student loans. The Fellow also has full access to the university's libraries, facilities and career services.
  • The Fellow is selected based on an outstanding academic record and writing or teaching interests. Preference is given to applicants who have experience as a Writing Tutor or Teaching Apprentice. Seniors from all majors are encouraged to apply. 
  • Applications are due MONDAY MARCH 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM with interviews scheduled thereafter. For more information contact Professor Greene at 860 685-3604 (agreene@wesleyan.edu)
  • 2018 Kim-Frank Fellowship Application Instructions

FORD FELLOWSHIP

Do you like to write and work with writers? Do you have excellent editing and interpersonal skills? Are you interested in the fields of teaching or publishing/editing? Would you like to begin your post-graduate career with a prestigious fellowship? If so, apply to be a Ford Fellow in the Writing Programs for the 2018-2019 academic year!

In his/her administrative role, the Ford Fellow assists in running the university's Writing Workshop and supporting the First Year Seminar program. The Fellow's teaching responsibilities include helping to train the university's student writing tutors, designing and leading the seminar for veteran tutors, developing workshops and tutoring services for first-year students and other campus communities, and serving as the university's senior writing tutor. This year in particular, the Ford Fellow will be instrumental in designing and implementing a new web page of writing resources for the entire Wesleyan community.

  • The Writing Programs Fellowship, awarded to a graduating senior at Wesleyan, is a prestigious one-year, post-graduate position. The Fellow works closely with Professor Meg Furniss Weisberg, Interim Director of Student Writing, and plays a central role in Writing Program development, helping to design new services and events, advertise programs, and develop websites and online services. 
  • The Fellow also has graduate student status and is eligible to take two academic courses, conduct research, and work collaboratively with faculty members. 
  • Previous Fellows have been admitted to their first choice of graduate and professional schools (including recently Yale, Princeton, and the MFA program at Iowa) and been hired promptly for jobs in publishing, teaching, journalism, law, business, and other fields.
  • The Fellowship includes a generous stipend, health insurance, and ongoing student status, offering the opportunity to defer repayment of student loans. Fellows also have full access to the university's libraries, facilities, and career services.
  • The Fellow is selected based on outstanding academic record and writing or teaching interests.  Preference is given to applicants who have experience as a Writing Tutor or Teaching Apprentice.  Seniors from all majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are due FRIDAY MARCH 2, 2018 by 4:30 p.m. and interviews scheduled thereafter. For more information, contact Professor Weisberg at 860 685-2902 (mweisberg@wesleyan.edu)
  • 2018 Ford Fellowship Application Instructions

*The Kim-Frank and Ford Fellowships are separate positions, and seniors are welcome to submit applications to both.

WESLEYAN WRITERS CONFERENCE SCHOLARSHIPS 

  • Several scholarships are available to students who wish to attend the five-day Wesleyan Writers Conference, June 13-17, 2018.
  • 2018 Applications for Wesleyan students are due Tuesday April 3 at 4:30 p.m. 
  • Submission Instructions
     

Writing Awards offered by Departments and Programs across the University

For information, please consult the website of the department or program sponsoring each award. 

ENGLISH WRITING PRIZES

ERNESS BRODY PRIZE: AFAM

BUTLER PRIZE: HIST

GAY, LESBIAN, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES PRIZE: FGSS

MEYER PRIZE: HIST

JOAN W. MILLER PRIZE: CSS

NNK AWARD: FILM

WISE PRIZE: PHIL

M.G. WHITE PRIZE: AMST