Awards FAQs

Please note that there is a separate FAQ for Creative Writing awards below.

1. Where can I find information about individual scholarships and awards?
Go to the Scholarship/Awards page on the English department website.  The same information is available on the Canvas page for English Department Awards 2014.   Both contain links to individual awards.

2. How do I submit my application materials? 
You must upload them electronically onto Canvas, on the specific page for that award. [The only exception is the Drukker Award in Journalism, which requires you to email your application materials rather than using Canvas.] 

3.  What file names should I use for my uploaded application materials?
Use your last name, the awards name, and a number for the file name of each application document that you upload to Canvas: e.g., if your last name is Smith and you are applying for the Eler Award, your documents should be titled “Smith Eler 1,” “Smith Eler 2,” etc.

4. May I submit my application materials in paper form instead?
No.

5. How many awards may I apply for?
You may apply for up to six awards, so long as you are eligible for all of them. Read the descriptions on the web page carefully to determine if you fit the criteria: Scholarship/Awards page.

6. How many scholarships/awards is it possible to win in one year?
An individual student may win up to three awards in any single year. 

7. May I apply for an award that I have won in the past?
No. You may not apply for scholarships or awards that you have won in the past.

8. May I submit more than one paper for an award that requires an essay?

No. You may submit only one essay for each award.

9. May I submit the same paper for different awards? 

Yes, you may submit the same paper for different awards, but make sure that the paper is well suited to its awards category.

10. Which essays are eligible?
Any essay you have written for an English class at Montclair State University since the January of the previous academic year.  For example, for scholarships and awards to be distributed in May 2014, your paper must have been written for a class since January 2013, i.e. for the winter, spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2013 or the spring semester of 2014.

11. May I submit a paper written for a class at another university?
No. Your paper must be one written for a class at Montclair State University. All papers submitted must have a cover sheet listing 1) the student's name; 2) the name and number of the class for which the paper was written; 3) the date the paper was turned in; 4) the name of the professor who taught the course.

12. Do I need to turn in the paper with the professor's marks and corrections?

No. You may turn in a clean copy and make any minor revisions you wish. For directions about the required format for essays submitted, see the Scholarship and Awards Application 2014 [link].

13. May I submit a paper I have already submitted for an award or scholarship
?
If the paper has not previously won an award or scholarship and meets the criteria for timing (written since January, 2013), then you may submit a paper you have submitted before.

14. May I apply for a scholarship or award if I am a graduating senior or graduating graduate student?

The answer to this question differs according to the award or scholarship in question. Graduating seniors may not apply for the following awards:  Frank G. McGuire, Bessie Saslaw Solomon, Miriam Taub, Shari Kandell.  A graduate student about to graduate may not apply for the Mary Bondon Scholarship.

15.  For which awards are graduate students eligible?

Graduate students are eligible for the Murray Prosky Prize, the Mary Bondon Scholarship (with restriction as described in #11 above), and the Lawrence H. Conrad Memorial Scholarship.

16. Who chooses the students who win the scholarships and awards
?
There is a separate committee for each award. Each committee is composed of faculty members familiar with the criteria for that particular award.

17. May I find out who is on the committee for the award / scholarship I'm applying for?

No.

18. When is the application due, and are late submissions accepted?

The deadline for submissions changes every year, and students are urged to consult the Scholarships and Awards web page of the English Department web site after the call for submissions goes out, usually at the end of the third week of February. In 2014 the deadline is 5pm on Monday, March 31 (except for the Drukker Award, which is due at 3pm on Friday April 4). Late submissions will not be accepted unless there has been a weather-related campus closure or a documentable power outage.  In such a case, the new deadline will be two business days after the original one.

19.  What happens if I win a scholarship or an award?

All students who applied for scholarships and awards will receive an email message notifying them when the list of the winners has been posted on the English Department bulletin board. The list is usually posted about 3 weeks after the application deadline. Students who have been selected for scholarships and awards will also be notified by telephone and by email.

You and two guests will then be invited to the Awards Night ceremony, usually held at 7 p.m. the day between the end of classes and the beginning of final exams. More information about the ceremony will be given to you when you are notified about the scholarship or award. In most cases, the university cashier will subtract the dollar amount of the award from the money you owe the university. If you are a graduating senior and do not owe any money to the university, you will receive a check for the appropriate amount.

20. I can’t seem to access the Canvas page for English Department Awards 2014
.  What should I do?
Write to Professor Behlman, the awards night coordinator, at behlmanl@mail.montclair.edu

21. I have a question that isn't mentioned on this page.  How may I find out the answer?
Write to Professor Behlman at behlmanl@mail.montclair.edu

FAQ for Creative Writing awards 
CW1.  May I submit material for an award I have won in the past?
Yes.

CW2.  Do I need to include a personal statement?

No; for Creative Writing awards, you do not need to include a personal statement.

CW3.  Do I need to be an English major or minor?
No. The awards are open to any undergraduate student at MSU.

CW4.  What are the limits on what to submit?
Fiction: One story or excerpt from a longer piece (must be labeled as such), limited to twenty pages total, double-spaced.
Nonfiction: One piece of nonfiction writing, limited to twenty pages total, double-spaced.
Poetry: Submit a maximum of three poems. If you are submitting more than one poem, the limit is 60 lines per poem. If one long poem, the limit is 150 lines.

CW5.  Whom do I contact for further questions?
Prof. David Galef, Creative Writing Program Director, at galefd@montclair.edu