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Date(s) - April 6, 2020
12:00 am

Third Floor, Eddy Hall


literary essay contest flyer 2020


The English Department’s Literature Program announces the 16th annual Outstanding Literary Essay Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding critical writing and interpretive work in literary studies. Applicants must be registered graduate or undergraduate English majors or minors.


Both the graduate and undergraduate levels:

  • $100 for first place
  • $75 for second place
  • $50 for third place

Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Submission Guidelines

Students should submit an essay that represents their best critical work in literary studies. Undergraduate essays should be no longer than 15 pages and graduate essays should be no longer than 20 pages. Shorter papers are welcome. Only one submission is allowed per student.


  1. Essay should be written for a course taken in the CSU English Department
  2. Writer should be an English major or English minor

Submission deadline is Monday April 6, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.

Materials to submit

TWO clean copies, with no name, address, or instructor’s comments.
Only a title and page numbers should appear on the paper.
Sparate cover sheet with your:

  • Name,
  • Address,
  • Phone number,
  • E-mail address,
  • University ID number,
  • Essay title
  • Name of the course for which the essay was written and the professor who taught the course,
  • Status as undergraduate English major, undergraduate English minor, or graduate student in English at CSU.

Address your cover letter as follows

Dr. Barbara Sebek,
Department of English
Campus Delivery 1773
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1773.

Cover letter and submissions may also be dropped off at the English Department Office, Eddy 359