Recent Prize Recipients

Spring 2021-2022 · Literature

 

Preston Gurney Prize in Literary Criticism of Fiction

Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism (fiction). 

First Place - $1000

Winner:  Paul Michaud

Entry Title:  Our Paradoxical Friend: The Narrator-Audience Relationship in Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss

Second Place - $500

Winner:  Catherine Healy

Entry Title:  Representations of the Female I in Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale  for the Time Being

 

Preston Gurney Prize in Cultural Criticism

Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in cultural criticism.

First Place - $1000

Winner:  Benjamin Cunningham

Entry Title:  I Can't Keep My Eyes Off of You

Second Place - $500

Winner:  Siena Capone

Entry Title:  A Gay Film in Buddy Film’s Clothing: The Wardrobe of Intimacy in Midnight Cowboy

 

Preston Gurney Prize in Literary Criticism of Poetry

Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism (poetry). 

First Place - $1000

Winner:  Benjamin Cunningham

Entry Title:  The Space Between

 

Spring 2021-2022 · Nonfiction

The Betsy Amanda Lehman ’77 Memorial Award

Awarded to a Brown senior studying journalism or practicing as a journalist for a campus or professional publication who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and intellectual ability.  The portfolio may include selected publications and/or academic work in the study of journalism, including essays written for Brown classes and senior theses.

First Place - $1000

Winner:  Olivia George

Entry Title:  BL107: Portfolio – Selected Clips

Second Place - $500

Winner:  Li Goldstein

Entry Title:  BL102: Betsy Amanda Lehman

 

The Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Nonfiction

Awarded to a full-time Brown junior of senior for creative nonfiction of 3,000 words or less.  Submission can be a collection of brief pieces or one long piece.

First Place - $1000

Winner:  Michelle Liu

Entry Title:  Tianjin Dumplings  

Second Place - $500

Winner:  Henry Block

Entry Title:  Gilded Age Tourism in Newport, RI

 

 


Fall 2021-2022 · Literature

 

Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize in English - $800

Winner:  Lily Lustig

Entry Title:  “Shame of Myself”:  Narrative Erasure in Giovanni’s Room

For the best essay on 20th-century literature in English by a full-time

junior or senior enrolled at Brown.


Rose Low Rome Prize - $175

Winner:  Faith Griffiths

Entry Title:  Sonder Sestina

For the best poem or poems by a currently enrolled Brown undergraduate.

 

Fall 2021-2022 · Nonfiction

 

Barbara Banks Brodsky Prize for Excellence in Real World Writing - $800

Winner:  Henry Block

Entry Title:  Wicked Buckin’ at the New England Rodeo

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown. Submission may come from the spectrum of nonfiction:  literary journalism, memoir, or narrative based on travel, science, history, or cultural critique.  Submission of a brief essay or one longer essay should be limited to 3,000 words.

 

Arlene Rome Ten Eyck & Peter H. Ten Eyck Prize - $175

Winner:  Kian Braulik

Entry Title:  Oculus as Möbius: An Articulation of Multiracial Feminist 
Solidarity

For the best essay on literary theory by a currently enrolled Brown undergraduate.


David Rome Prize - $175

Winner:  Zach Ngin

Entry Title:  The Sea Uses Everything:  Some Passages on Trinh T. Minh-ha

For the best lyric essay by a currently enrolled Brown undergraduate. This form includes essays written in poetical or experimental forms that emphasize artfulness.  

Previous Winners

Spring 2021 Winner:

PRESTON GURNEY PRIZES

 (Topics must meet the approval of the English Department’s Committee on Prizes and Premiums.)

Fiction: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism.

Poetry: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism (poetry).

Cultural: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in cultural criticism.

 

Fiction:

1st place:
$1,000
Cal Turner

2nd place:
$500
Audrey Kim

Poetry:

1st place:
$1,000
Olivia Carbone

2nd place:
$500
Kathryn Kovarik

Cultural:

1st place:
$1,000
Nadia Wolff

2nd place:
$500
Francesca Sabel

THE BETSY AMANDA LEHMAN ’77 MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

Awarded to a Brown senior studying journalism or practicing as a journalist for a campus or professional publication who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and intellectual ability.

The portfolio may include selected publications and/or academic work in the study of journalism, including essays written for Brown classes and senior theses.

 

1st place:
$1,000
Allison Reed

2nd place:
$500
Celia Hack

THE CASEY SHEARER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

 Awarded to a full-time Brown junior or senior for creative nonfiction of 3,000 words or less.  Submission can be a collection of brief pieces or one long piece.

1st place:
$1,000
Marianne Scott

2nd place:
$500
Angie Kang

 

Fall 2020

Winner: 

BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE in ENGLISH

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown for the best essay on 20th-century literature in English.

Paul Michaud
$800

BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in REAL WORLD WRITING

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown. Submission may come from the spectrum of nonfiction: literary journalism, memoir, or narrative based on travel, science, history, or cultural critique.  Submission of brief essays or one longer essay should be limited to 3,000 words.

Nicole Kim
$800

DAVID ROME PRIZE

For the best lyric essay by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown. This form includes essays written in poetical or experimental forms that emphasize artfulness.

Adi Thatai
$175

ROSE LOW ROME PRIZE

For the best poem or poems by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown.

Iris Wright
$175

ARLENE ROME TEN EYCK & PETER H. TEN EYCK PRIZE

For the best essay on literary theory by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown.

Benjamin Connor
$175
Spring 2020 Winner:

PRESTON GURNEY PRIZES

 (Topics must meet the approval of the English Department’s Committee on Prizes and Premiums.)

Fiction: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism.

Poetry: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism (poetry).

Cultural: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in cultural criticism.

 

Fiction:

1st place:
$1,000
Ki On You

2nd place:
$500
Allison Arnold

Poetry:

1st place:
$1,000
Erin Walden

2nd place:
$500
Alejandra Mena

Cultural:

1st place:
$1,000
Megan Kasselberg

2nd place:
$500
Tiara Sharma

THE BETSY AMANDA LEHMAN ’77 MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

Awarded to a Brown senior studying journalism or practicing as a journalist for a campus or professional publication who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and intellectual ability.

The portfolio may include selected publications and/or academic work in the study of journalism, including essays written for Brown classes and senior theses.

 

1st place:
$1,000
Anna Kramer

2nd place:
$500
Kayli Wren

THE CASEY SHEARER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

 Awarded to a full-time Brown junior or senior for creative nonfiction of 3,000 words or less.  Submission can be a collection of brief pieces or one long piece.

1st place:
$1,000
Angie Kang

2nd place:
$500
Bamidele Oke

Fall 2019 Winner:

BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE in ENGLISH

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown for the best essay on 20th-century literature in English.

 

Julian Castronovo 
$800



BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in REAL WORLD WRITING

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown. Submission may come from the spectrum of nonfiction: literary journalism, memoir, or narrative based on travel, science, history, or cultural critique.  Submission of brief essays or one longer essay should be limited to 3,000 words.


 

Ki On You
$800

DAVID ROME PRIZE

For the best lyric essay by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown. This form includes essays written in poetical or experimental forms that emphasize artfulness.

 

Tiffany Lin
 $175

ROSE LOW ROME PRIZE

For the best poem or poems by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown.


 

Nico Page
$175

ARLENE ROME TEN EYCK & PETER H. TEN EYCK PRIZE

For the best essay on literary theory by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown.

 

  Alejandra Mena
$175

Spring 2019 Winner

PRESTON GURNEY PRIZES

(Topics must meet the approval of the English Department’s Committee on Prizes and Premiums.)

Fiction: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism.

Poetry: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism (poetry).

Cultural: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in cultural criticism.

Fiction:
1st Place $2,600
Liam Carpenter-Urquhart

2nd Place $2,000
Addy Schuetz

Poetry:

1st Place $2,600
Michael Shorris

2nd Place $2,000
Nora Gosselin


Cultural:
1st Place $2,600
Sebastian Castro Niculescu   

2nd Place $2,000
Cole Adams

THE BETSY AMANDA LEHMAN ’77 MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

Awarded to a Brown senior studying journalism or practicing as a journalist for a campus or
professional publication who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and intellectual ability.

The portfolio may include selected publications and/or academic work in the study of journalism, including essays written for Brown classes and senior theses.

1st Place $1,200
Jackson Brook


2nd Place $600
Lucas Smolcic Larson

THE CASEY SHEARER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

Awarded to a full-time Brown junior or senior for creative nonfiction of 3,000 words or less.  Submission can be a collection of brief pieces or one long piece.

 1st Place $1,000
Abigail Neill


2nd Place $500
Vicoria Huynh


Honorable Mention:
Zachary Barnes


Fall 2018 Winner Amount
BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE in ENGLISH

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown for the best essay on 20th-century literature in English.

Asey Koh

$800

BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in REAL WORLD WRITING

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown. Submission may come from the spectrum of nonfiction: literary journalism, memoir, or narrative based on travel, science, history, or cultural critique.  Submission of brief essays or one longer essay should be limited to 3,000 words.

Jamila Wilkinson

$800

DAVID ROME PRIZE

For the best lyric essay by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown. This form includes essays written in poetical or experimental forms that emphasize artfulness.

Tatiana Dubin

 $200

ROSE LOW ROME PRIZE

For the best poem or poems by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown.

Olivia Howe

$200

ARLENE ROME TEN EYCK & PETER H. TEN EYCK PRIZE

For the best essay on literary theory by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown.

Alex Harrison

$200

Spring 2018 Winner

PRESTON GURNEY PRIZES

(Topics must meet the approval of the English Department’s Committee on Prizes and Premiums.)

Fiction: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism.

Poetry: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism (poetry).

Cultural: Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in cultural criticism.

Fiction:
Robin Manley
1st Place: $3,500

Isabel DeBre
2nd Place: $1,800

Poetry:
Julia Tompkins
1st Place: $3,500

Lilith Todd
2nd Place: $1,800

Cultural:
Adam Fertig
1st Place: $3,500

Lilith Todd
2nd Place: $1,800

THE BETSY AMANDA LEHMAN ’77
MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

Awarded to a Brown senior studying journalism or practicing as a journalist for a campus or
professional publication who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and intellectual ability.
The portfolio may include selected publications and/or academic work in the study of journalism, including essays written for Brown classes and senior theses.


Rebecca Ellis
1st Place: $1,200

Samantha Savello
2nd Place: $500

THE CASEY SHEARER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

Awarded to a full-time Brown junior or senior for creative nonfiction of 3,000 words or less.  Submission can be a collection of brief pieces or one long piece.

Julia Tompkins
1st Place: $1,000

Clairbel Wu
2nd Place: $500 


 

Fall 2017 Winner Amount
BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE in ENGLISH

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown for the best essay on 20th-century literature in English.

Patrick McMenamin

$800

BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in REAL WORLD WRITING

Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown. Submission may come from the spectrum of nonfiction: literary journalism, memoir, or narrative based on travel, science, history, or cultural critique.  Submission of brief essays or one longer essay should be limited to 3,000 words.

Rebecca Ellis

$800

DAVID ROME PRIZE

For the best lyric essay by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown. This form includes essays written in poetical or experimental forms that emphasize artfulness.

No Winner, Fall 2017

 

ROSE LOW ROME PRIZE

For the best poem or poems by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown.

Parisa Thepmankorn

$250

ARLENE ROME TEN EYCK & PETER H. TEN EYCK PRIZE

For the best essay on literary theory by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown.

Elisabeth Borst

$250

Spring 2017

Winner

Amount

PRESTON GURNEY PRIZES
Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism (fiction).
 
Edgar Blake


George Esselstyn
$3,500
1st prize

$1,800
2nd prize
Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in literary criticism (poetry). Ian Bowers


Juan Patrick Soto 
$3,500
1st prize

$1,800
2nd prize
Awarded to an undergraduate senior for the best essay of 5,000 words or less on any topic in cultural criticism. Danielle Galván Gomez


Will Tavlin 
$3,500
1st prize


$1,800
2nd prize

THE BETSY AMANDA LEHMAN ’77 MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM

Awarded to a Brown senior studying journalism or practicing as a journalist  for a campus or professional publication who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and intellectual ability. The portfolio may include selected publications and/or academic work in the study of journalism, including essays written for Brown classes and senior theses.



No Winner


No Winner


$1,200
1st prize

$600
2nd prize

THE CASEY SHEARER MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

Awarded to a full-time Brown junior or senior for creative nonfiction of 3,000 words or less.  Submission can be a collection of brief pieces or one long piece.



Liza Yeager


Georgia Wright


$1,000
1st prize

$500
2nd prize
Fall 2016

Winner

Prize

BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE in ENGLISH
Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown for the best essay on 20th-century literature in English.

Elisabeth Borst

$900

BARBARA BANKS BRODSKY PRIZE for EXCELLENCE in REAL WORLD WRITING
Awarded to a full-time junior or senior enrolled at Brown. Submission may come from the spectrum of nonfiction: literary journalism, memoir, or narrative based on travel, science, history, or cultural critique. Submission of brief essays or one longer essay should be limited to 3,000 words. 

Harmony Schorr

$900 

DAVID ROME PRIZE
For the best lyric essay by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown. This form includes essays written in poetical or experimental forms that emphasize artfulness. 

Chelsea Anne Fernando

$250 

 ROSE LOW ROME PRIZE
For the best poem or poems by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown. 

Kamille Johnson

$250 

ARLENE ROME TEN EYCK & PETER H. TEN EYCK PRIZE
For the best essay on literary theory by a currently enrolled undergraduate at Brown. 

Noah Fields

$250