1. Is the information about scholarships and awards on the English Department web site up-to-date?
The information about scholarships and awards is updated annually to reflect the availability of funds for the different prizes. The new information will be posted every year by the third week of February, when the letter inviting students to apply is sent to English majors.
2. How many awards may I apply for?
You may apply for as many as you like, 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: Scholarships/Awards.
For the one exception to this answer, see the next question.
3. May I apply for an award I have won in the past?
No. You may not apply for scholarships or awards that you have won in the past.
4. May I submit more than one paper for an award that requires an essay?
No. You may only submit one essay for each award.
5. May I submit the same paper for different awards?
Yes, you may submit the same paper for different awards.
6. May I win more than one award in the same year?
Yes, you may win more than one award in the same year.
7. 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 2013, your paper must have been written for a class since January 2012, i.e. for the winter, spring, summer, or fall semesters of 2012 or the spring semester of 2013.
8. 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. As you will see in the , 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.
9. 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 Scholarships and Awards Application 2013.
10. 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 of the year before the award will be given), then you may submit a paper you have submitted before.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. May I find out who is on the committee for the award / scholarship I'm applying for?
15. May I submit a paper or apply for an award or scholarship by email?
Yes; you must. All submissions and all application forms must be submitted by email to
16. May I slide the application under the door of the English Department office or put them in a mail box or give them to a professor?
No. See above.
17. When is the English Department office open?
The department office is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays. If the office is closed when you come by, come again.
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 2013 the deadline is Friday, March 29th. Late submissions are not 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 those who won has been posted on the English Department bulletin board. The list is usually posted approximately two 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. If I have a question that isn't mentioned on this page, how may I find out the answer?
FAQ for Creative Writing awards
CW1. May I submit material for an award I have won in the past?
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?
David Galef, Creative Writing Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org