Essay Prize

Essay Prize in American and English Literature

The professorships of American Literature and British Literature at the University of Erfurt announce the 2020 Essay Prize for scholarly papers in literatures in English. All students currently enrolled in B Ang 2012 and B Lit 2012 (with a specialization in anglophone literatures) are eligible to participate in this competition. We will consider sem-inar papers and BA thesis papers that were submitted in the course of the academic year 2019-20. The best paper will be selected in a blind review process by a committee of faculty members and the finalist will be awarded with a gift certificate of Buchhandlung Peterknecht.

Deadline:  Friday, 27 November 2020


Papers eligible for the award include papers written by students majoring or minoring in literature courses during the academic year of 2019/20, more specifically between October 2019 and September 2020. 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.

Each student is eligible to submit one essay. Select that paper which you feel might be competitive with “the best of the best” written by other students this year and leave a clean copy of the version which you have submit-ted/will submit for a grade (without instructors’ comments but also without any further revision on your part) with Ms. Yvonne Kirmse, assistant to the English department. On the cover page you must put “2020 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:
“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.”

Our office administrator will remove the title page, number it to correspond with a number she will put on your paper, and store the title page separately, making each paper an anonymous submission to the judges. Just before the selection process starts, the she will then inform the Prize Committee if your instructor also happens to be one of the judges so that your anonymity will be preserved. An alternate judge will then read your paper, and no Eng-lish faculty will be judging papers that they have already graded. Winners will be notified by email and announced and celebrated on our departmental website.

We thank our sponsors at Buchhandlung Peterknecht for their support!