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Essay Prize for Scholarly Papers in American and English Literature

Guidelines 2022 Prize

Guidelines 2022 Prize

The Essay Prize is awarded once during the academic year for a particularly well argued, thoroughly researched, and eloquently written student paper. Students may submit their papers according to the guidelines below in the fall of each year. Lecturers are very welcome to nominate students or encourage the submission of promising papers. The winner will be announced in December and receive a 30€ book voucher sponsored by buchbar Erfurt.

Guidelines of the Essay Prize 2022:

Papers eligible for the award include papers in the fields of American and/or British literatures and cultures during the academic year of 2021/22, more specifically between October 2021 and September 2022. Submissions can be both traditional (textual analysis) and non-traditional papers (alternatives to textual analysis in method or subject). BA thesis papers are also eligible. All papers must be submitted to the English Department following the procedure described below.

Your submission will be evaluated anonymously by two reviewers who are not the instructors for the seminar in which you wrote the paper. Winners will be notified by email and announced and celebrated on our departmental website. We thank our sponsors at buchbar for their support!

Each student is eligible to submit one essay under the terms delineated above. Please only submit clean copies (without instructors’ comments but also without any further revision on your part). Include a cover page, which states “2022 Essay Prize Competition,” the date of submission, the title of the course and name of instructor, your own name and pledge. For the pledge on the cover page, please write out this variation of the honor code and sign it (if submitting via email, include a digital signature): “I pledge that I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid during the completion of this work. I am providing my instructor with an identical copy of the original, with no other changes except this title page, and (if they were missing from the original) numbers on the upper right-hand top of the page, and MLA documentation of all sources in a Works Cited page.”  

To submit, please send a pdf-copy of your paper to Teresa Teklić at

The deadline for the 2022 Prize is October 31st.

Winner 2022

Winner 2022

We warmly congratulate our student Ciara Olzog and happily announce her paper as the winner of the Essay Prize for Papers in English and American Literatures 2022! Ms. Olzog's paper "One Event, Two Reactions: How 9/11 Managed to Simultaneously Catapult America into the Past and Future. A comparative analysis of two literary responses to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001" is deservedly awarded with the prize for its careful analysis of Suheir Hammad's poem "first writing since" and Don DeLillo's essay "In the Ruins of the Future." We are happy to present Ms. Olzog with a 30 Euro gift certificate from buchbar and thank our sponsor for their support.

Past Winning Papers

Going Abroad

Partner Institutions: USA

United States of America

University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Student exchange (undergraduate / graduate programs)  

Beloit College
Beloit, Wisconsin
Student exchange (undergraduate programs)

Moravian College
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Student exchange (undergraduate programs)

Birmingham Southern College
Birmingham, Alabama
Student exchange (undergraduate programs)

University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Student exchange (undergraduate programs)

Washington State University
Pullman, Washington
Joint undergraduate "Summer Program in Communications Erfurt (SPICE)"

University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklamoma
Student exchange

Partner Institutions: Canada


University of Ottawa

Student exchange, (undergraduate, graduate, PhD programs), faculty exchange, shared research projects 

Saint Paul University, Ottawa
Student exchange, (undergraduate, graduate, PhD programs), faculty exchange, shared research projects

Research and Writing

University Library Catalogs

University Library Catalogs

Der Eingang zur Universitätsbibliothek der Uni Erfurt

OPAC  Library Catalog

GVK Interlibrary Loan - Library Catalog

EZBElectronic Journals Database

Librarial Advisors

Sabine Ziebarth

Library Building, Room 060

Kathrin Drechsel (substitute)

Library Building, Room 258

Online Databases

Online Databases

Guidelines: BA Theses - Term Papers - Exams


Style Sheet for Term Papers
Guidelines - BA Thesis American Literature
Evaluation: Grading Scale and Standards

General Academic Writing Advice

Writing Advice


Purdue Online Writing Lab Great resource on general writing, term papers, proper style, grammer and punctuation, citation styles etc.

See also: Style Sheet(BA Thesis and Term Papers American Literature) on formatting and citation style

Sample papers: See winning papers of the Essay Prize below.