UG Opportunities Scholarships & Prizes
The following is a list of departmental and University awards that may be of particular interest to English majors.
- Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize for Poetry–awarded for the best poem or group of poems submitted by an undergraduate at UCLA. Deadline: November.
- The English Department Essay Contest–an annual essay contest for the best critical essay or research paper on a literary subject. The contest is open to undergraduate English majors only. The winning essay will be submitted to the University-wide essay contests, the Teague-Melville-Elliot and the Peter Rotter awards. Deadline: winter quarter.
- Fred Weld Herman Memorial Prize from The Academy of American Poets–for the best poem or groups of poems. Open to any UCLA student, graduate or undergraduate. Deadline: spring quarter.
- May Merrill Miller Award–given in alternate years in fiction and in poetry. Open to undergraduate women who are preferably neither beginning freshman nor graduating seniors during the quarter in which the award is given. Deadline: spring quarter.
- Ruth Brill Scholarship Award–in memory of Dorothy Canfield Fisher and John Fisher. For a work of fiction. Open to any UCLA student who is currently enrolled in courses in Creative Writing. Submission must indicate course(s) and quarter(s) taken. Deadline: spring quarter.
- Shirle Dorothy Robbins Creative Writing Award–given in alternate years in fiction and in poetry. Open to any UCLA student who has been enrolled during the academic year. Deadline: spring quarter.
- Olfet Agrama Prize For Creative Writing –given in alternate years in fiction or in poetry. Open to any UCLA undergraduate who is currently enrolled in courses in Creative Writing. Preference given to female students. Submission materials should include the Creative Writing course(s) and quarter(s) taken. Deadline: Spring quarter.
- Shirley Collier Prize–awarded annually for an outstanding work of fiction or biography. Open to graduate or undergraduate students majoring in the Humanities and to faculty in the Humanities. Extension students are ineligible. Preference will be given to students; but in all cases, the same criterion of excellence will apply, regardless of whether works are published, finished manuscripts, or only partially complete. Previous winners are ineligible. All entrants must submit a cover page with contact information. Anonymity is not required. Deadline: spring quarter
- Peter Rotter Essay Prize–awarded to undergraduates who have written the best paper for a regular or special studies course in the Humanities. Professors nominate students for an essay written for an undergraduate course completed in the spring, fall, or winter quarter prior to the deadline. The Departmental Essay Contest winner is traditionally nominated for this award. Deadline: spring quarter. Contact Writing Programs at (310) 206-1145.
- Teague-Melville-Elliot Prize–awarded to the undergraduate who has written the best piece of research scholarship in the Humanities. Professors nominate students for an essay written for an undergraduate course completed in the spring, fall, or winter quarter prior to the deadline. The Departmental Essay Contest winner is traditionally nominated for this award. Deadline: spring quarter. Contact Writing Programs at (310) 206-1145.
- Clara Rusk Hastings Undergraduate Scholarship–for recognition of outstanding achievement in English 10A, 10B, and 10C. Nominations from English 10 series instructors and teaching assistants are taken during spring quarter of each year.
- Thompson Prize–made possible by the Dr. Warren Craig and Erile R. Thompson Scholarship/Fellowship. Announced each year at the English Department Commencement Celebration in recognition of the outstanding Departmental Honors thesis.
- Harold Dee Fox Memorial Scholarship–established to honor and memorialize Harold Dee Fox and his intense love for English literature, the purpose of this scholarship is “to enrich the intellectual environment of the campus and community” by enabling “outstanding undergraduate students…to attain a dream of achieving a bachelor’s degree.” Open to declared majors in the Department of English with a UCLA GPA of 3.7 or higher; preference given to a transfer student from a Los Angeles Community College who is receiving financial aid. U.S. citizens who are California residents also preferred. Applications available from Undergraduate Counseling Office. Deadline: May.
- Christopher Zyda Creative Writing Prize–for a work of fiction (short story, play, or screenplay for film or television). Open to any upper-division (junior or senior) English or American Literature and Culture major. [Preference given to applicants indicating evidence of enrollment in current or previous creative writing courses.] Cash award of $2500.