Below you will find information about the Department of English Senior Prizes, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Literary London Prize.

Senior Prizes in English

The Department of English offers annual prizes for outstanding work by graduating seniors majoring or minoring in English. This year, online submissions are due by MARCH 17, 2018 and will be judged for quality and originality by English department faculty. Winners will be notified by email and invited to be recognized and to receive their prizes at the celebration for the English department in April.


For the 2018 spring semester, the department will award six equal prizes, in three main categories:

  • Senior Prizes in English: Outstanding Creative Work (two prizes of $100)
  • Senior Prizes in English: Outstanding Critical Essays (two prizes of $100)
  • Senior Prizes in English: Writing for a Public or Non-Academic Audience (two prizes of $100)

Requirements and Eligibility

  • Seniors majoring or minoring in the English department (in Literature, Creative Writing, Professional Writing, or Linguistics) are eligible to submit creative or critical writing.
  • Applicants may submit entries in one or both categories. Multiple submissions in a single category are not allowed.
  • Work that has previously won an award (e.g. last year as part of a scholarship application) may not be submitted for a senior prize, though previous winners are encouraged to submit new work.
  • Submissions should be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages in length or the equivalent and, depending on the writer’s aims, genre, or mode, may very well be considerably shorter. There is no minimum length for any category.


Deadline: March 17, 2018.

Academy of American Poets Prize

Again this year Miami University offers two Academy of American Poets prizes of $100 each for an undergraduate and a graduate student; these students do not have to be English majors. The Academy’s Harris S. Abrahams Poetry Prize will go to an undergraduate; the Betty Jane Abrahams Memorial Poetry Prize will go to a graduate student.

The prize is highly regarded, and winning poets under 23 years of age will be considered for the $1000 Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. 

Submission Instructions

Prepare a single Microsoft Word document of no more than five (5) total pages and containing up to two (2) poems. Ensure that your name does not appear in the document or in the filename. Upload the document via the Academy of American Poets Prize Submission Form before the deadline. For more information, contact Cathy Wagner.

Literary London Prize

We seek creative work and non-fiction/essay submissions (3,000 words max) focused on travel to London, England. Students should be Miami ENG majors and/or Literary London summer study abroad program alumni (2015-onwards). Prizes will be awarded in two categories. One writing entry per person. 

Literary London Prize Submission Form. Deadline for 2018 TBA. For more information, contact Kaara Peterson