Department Prizes

Annual Department Prizes for Undergraduates

These prizes are by faculty nomination, voted on by the entire faculty at the end of the academic year.

  • The Feinstein Prize
    • This prize is awarded to the student in the English Honors Program whose honors thesis and overall work demonstrate the most effective exploration of feelings through language.
  • The Hochman Prize
    • This prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior who majored in English and who demonstrated by his or her course work both academic excellence and particular dedication to the field of American literature.
  • The Eugene H. Kohn '60 Award in English and Creative Writing
    • This prize recognizes a promising sophomore or junior in the Department of English and Creative Writing, one whose prose or poetry displays not only erudition, eloquence, and stylistic economy, but vision and insight that, in their illuminating and epiphanic qualities, might evoke the work of James Joyce, a favorite author of Mr. Kohn. The recipient should have declared an English major and will be nominated by members of the faculty on the basis of an outstanding piece of written work.
  • The Perkins Prize
    • This prize is awarded to that undergraduate Dartmouth student who shall show the most promise in Greek or Latin, or in English literature.
  • The Stanley Prizes in English
    • Graduate School: This prize is intended to help a promising senior or recent graduate who is going on to graduate school.
    • Most Innovative Paper: This prize recognizes an exceptionally innovative critical paper written by an undergraduate.
    • Service to the Department: This prize is designed to honor that student who has done unusual service within the department and the major.

2019 Prize Awards

Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial English Honors Award:
Kendall Christensen '19

B. William Hochman 1955 Memorial Prize in American Literature:
Victoria Corwin '19
Samuel Stockton '19

Eugene H. Kohn '60 Award in English and Creative Writing:
Paul Jeon '21

Edwin R. Perkins Literature Prize:
Isabelle Blank '19
Audrey Bransfield '19
Clara Chin '19
Rebecca Flowers '19

The Stanley Prize in English:
Arunav Jain '20 (most innovative paper)
Sofía Carbonell Realme '20 (service to the department)
Arunav Jain '20 (service to the department)
Maanav Jalan '19 (student attending graduate school in English)

Sidney Cox Memorial Prize for Best Creative Writing Honors Thesis:
Rebecca Flowers '19, High Honors Thesis in Creative Nonfiction
Isabelle Blank '19, High Honors Thesis in Fiction
Anna Staropoli '19, High Honors Thesis in Fiction
Michael Sun '19, High Honors Thesis in Poetry

2018 Prize Awards

B. William Hochman 1955 Memorial Prize in American Literature:
Patrick Gregory '18
Patrick Kang '17

Edwin R. Perkins Literature Prize:
Hannah Matheson '18

The Stanley Prize in English:
Isabelle Blank '19 (most innovative paper)
Clara Chin '19 (service to the department)
May Mansour '18 (student attending graduate school in English)

Sidney Cox Memorial Prize for Best Creative Writing Honors Thesis:
Stephen Banks '18, High Honors Thesis in Fiction
Liza Wemakor '18, High Honors Thesis in Fiction and Poetry

2017 Prize Awards

Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial English Honors Award:
Keva Xuan-duy Bui '17

B. William Hochman 1955 Memorial Prize in American Literature:
Winifred Danielle Jones '17
Kevin M. Patterson '17

Edwin R. Perkins Literature Prize:
Sarah Khatry '17
Nicholas Thyr '17

The Stanley Prize in English:
Keva Xuan-duy Bui '17, Graduate School
Kate Rome Dumanian '18, Most Innovative Paper
Yi He '17, Service to the Department and the Major
Winifred Danielle Jones '17, Graduate School
Parker Richards '18, Most Innovative Paper
Nicholas Thyr '17, Graduate School

Sidney Cox Memorial Prize for Best Creative Writing Honors Thesis:
Jennifer Evans '17, High Honors Thesis in Fiction
Sarah Khatry '17, Honors Thesis in Creative Non-fiction

2016 Prize Awards

Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial English Honors Award:

Margaret Lacey Jones '16

B. William Hochman 1955 Memorial Prize in American Literature:
Ellen Baker '16
Katherine R. McKay '16

Edwin R. Perkins Literature Prize:
Sarah Waltcher '16
Margaret Lacey Jones '16

The Stanley Prize in English:
Alice Wang '16
Sarah A. Waltcher '16
Margaret Lacey Jones '16
Sara J. Holston '17
Brownwyn A. Lloyd '17
Margaret Lacey Jones '16

2015 Prize Awards

Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial English Honors Award:
Emma Moley '15

B. William Hochman 1955 Memorial Prize in American Literature:
Noah Smith '15

Edwin R. Perkins Literature Prize:
William Callan '15
Erin O'Neil '15

The Stanley Prize in English:
Haider Ghiasuddin '15 - Graduate School
Mitchell Jacobs '14 - Graduate School
Caela Murphy '15 - Innovative Critical Paper
Michael Riordan '15- Innovative Critical Paper
Joshua Elwood '16 - Service to English Department
Margaret Lacey Jones '16 - Service to English Department

2014 Prize Awards

Arthur Feinstein 1955 Memorial English Honors Award:
Jayne Caron '14

B. William Hochman 1955 Memorial Prize in American Literature:
Abigail Macias '14

Edwin R. Perkins Literature Prize:
Mitchell Jacobs '14
Katherine Kilkenny '14

The Stanley Prize in English:
Madeline Lesser '13
Rebecca Rothfeld '14
Maura Riley '13