The English Department is proud to give out a number of awards to students each year; please read the descriptions below to learn more about our different prizes. Literature award applications are typically due in March and announced in April, and the R2 awards are announced at the R2 launch party in April. Only currently enrolled Rice undergraduates are eligible. Inprint Marion Barthelme creative writing prize applications are due in December; the prize is awarded in January/February.
All senior award recipients and their families are invited to the English Departments Honors and Awards Reception prior to Rice's Commencement ceremony in May. Please check with our staff for more information about this event.
|Award||Who can apply and how?|
|Minter Essay||Junior and senior English majors may apply|
|Lady Geddes Essay||Freshman and sophomores (from any major) may apply|
English majors and students with substantial English coursework may apply, typically as a junior.
English majors who have completed English 200 and 300 by the time the scholarship begins are eligible to apply. Occasionally, non-majors with substantial course work in English (including 200 and 300) may receive awards. Ideally, applicants will be juniors and will complete their proposed research during the summer before their senior year.
|Minter Outstanding Graduating Senior||This award is given to a graduating English major selected by a committee of English faculty|
This competitive prize is awarded for a paper of ten or more pages written for an English course by a current junior or senior English major. For more information, including a list of previous recipients and application guidelines, go here.
This is an annual writing competition for the best academic paper written in an English class by a currently enrolled freshman or sophomore (of any major). For more information, including a list of previous recipients and application guidelines, go here.
These competitive awards are given out every year to students whose research over the summer will benefit their work in English during the following semester. For more information, including a list of previous recipients and application guidelines, go here.
Created to honor Emeritus English Professor David Minter and his wife Caroline, this award is given out every year to a graduating English major with an extraordinary GPA and whose transcript demonstrates a breadth of scholarship. For more information, including a list of previous recipients, go here.
This competitive award is given out by Inprint every year to a graduating student who has completed course work in creative writing at Rice University. For more information, including a list of previous recipients and application guidelines, go here.
The Rice Review is a student-run literary journal at Rice University committed to publishing the best prose, poetry, creative nonfiction, and occasionals written by undergraduate students, as well as interviews with renowned authors. The journal was founded in 2004 by creative writing professor and author Justin Cronin. Each year R2 gives out awards to those students whose work merits additional recognition. For more information, including a list of previous recipients, go here.
This national prize sponsored by the Academy of American Poets recognizes the best poem written by an undergraduate student at Rice University. The English Department matches the prize money from the academy. For more information, including a list of previous recipients, go here.