I. The Department of English offers a number of significant awards each year in essay writing, poetry, fiction, and academic achievement.

For some of the awards, one must be nominated by the department:

  • The Harriet Perkins Prize for an outstanding senior majoring in English
  • The Nemet scholarship(s) for Creative Writing.

For other awards, those stemming from various writing competitions, one must submit an entry. Announcements of each year’s prize competitions are available in the department office shortly before spring break; they are published in an awards booklet. The current prizes are:

  • The Karl Lemmerman Prize for the best essay by a first-year student
  • The Holden Prize for the best essay by an upper-division (sophomore, junior, or senior) student
  • The Finley Foster/Emily M. Hills Poetry Prize for the best poem or group of poems
  • The Emily M. Hills Award for the best poem or essay written by a woman in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • The Helen B. Sharnoff Award for poetry of some formal distinction
  • The Edith Garber Krotinger Prize for Creative Writing other than poetry
  • The Eleanor Leuser Award for outstanding writing for or about children by a student enrolled in a creative writing course

II. Annual Arnaud Gelb Journalism Awards and Internship Grants (Annual Awards)

Up to $2000 in Prize Money and Internship Funding

3 Categories:

  • Any nonfiction news or feature story under 500 words (no personal essays)
  • Any nonfiction news or feature story more than 500 words (no personal essays)
  • Any nonfiction news or feature story about sports (any length)

**Only one submission per student per category. Previously published stories and unpublished classwork are both acceptable.

Open to all current CWRU undergraduate students. Deadline in March (varies by year).

Arnaud Gelb earned an MBA from the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management in 2010. He worked as a sports reporter focusing on basketball and most recently as a correspondent for basketusa.com, the largest French basketball news site. Arnaud died in 2016 at 31 years old. His wife Kelly Buchanan-Gelb (also a CWRU graduate) established this fund in his name to honor his passion for journalism. The fund will also provide grants to defray costs for students working in unpaid journalism internships. For information on applying for internship funding contact Professor Jim Sheeler in Guilford 311 or email jes240@case.edu.